Weekly Photo Challenge … Unique
These Murano or Venetian Wound-glass beads are unique. They were a Christmas present although I don’t know whether they are 19th Century or not. I do know they are made using the age old method unchanged since the 1800s, that is complicated (often secret) and labour intensive.
The molten glass is wound round a rod or wire so that there is no need to drill or perforate the bead.
Further reading The history of beads by Lois Sherr Dublin.