Vintage Japanese Tombodama White Aqua Glass Bead Earrings,Gold
Vintage 1970s Japanese white turquoise rare Tombodama beads , Vintage West German rare turquoise glass bead caps, vintage 1950s brass filigree beads, gold filled ear wires
Although Japanese in origin, when these vintage millefiori beads were coupled with the vintage ornate brass filigree and the vintage turquoise glass bead caps ,the whole flavor seemed to change from Asian to Middle Eastern.
◉ As a point of interest : The German glass bead industry began in 1948 when German glass makers were evicted from Czechoslovakia because of their German surnames. Of the two thousand or so workers and owners evicted- only about 2 or 3 were still making hand pressed glass in the 70's.
All the vintage German glass beads that I use in my work is from this earliest time period ( the 1950s ) and not the 1970s and later.
These earrings measure a nice long 2 3/4" - the white Japanese tombodama bead is approximately 3/4" long.
◉ The technique used to make these tombodama beads is thought to have originated in Mesopotamia 3,500 years ago. During these ancient times, craftsmen made these beads - which were considered precious accessories - for members of the royal families. Tombodama beads are made by rolling molten glass around a steel rod until a glass ball forms. Smaller pieces of colored molten glass are then inlaid onto the bead to for different delicate patterns and designs and variety due to the nature of the glass itself.
This unique style came to Japan via the Silk Road over a thousand years ago during the Nara period (710 – 794).
These earrings have been finished on gold plated french ear wires and will arrive in a little box tied with a pretty ribbon all ready for gift giving.
Vintage Origin Details
Country of Origin
vintage Japanese tombodama glass beads, vintage German glass beads, vintage gold beads
First Item: $9.50
Additional Items: $1.00
All Other Countries
First Item: $16.50
Additional Items: $1.00
First Item: $3.50
Additional Items: $0.50
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2020
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $4.00 covers any first class shipment up to 15 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $16.50 for any package weighing from 1-5 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $16.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!
All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.
All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
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Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!