moved to the glass forum as the cafe is for shortlived chats and this is in interesting subject that has not been touched on much.
Thanks for letting me know
Glass beads certainly do have their long history and value that IS very interesting - and world impacting when thinking about their role in the formation of North America.
I'm so new to this glass thing that I thought Murano was a glass designer, NOT a place
and it was interesting to learn that Murano glass beads were, and are, such a large part of our early history here (I'm Canadian). Amazing to see these early beads, especially on Native clothing and accessories, are major collectibles and antiques, and so sought after these days by museums and collectors. Their history connection, and their beauty, smallness, and variety of uses, like decorative touches to lamps and such, make them pretty cool, hey?
When I was into making jewelry I stayed away from glass for the most part and used real stones, gems, and things like horn and bone, etc. I really didn't know or appreciate the history of glass back then. Too bad