Old African Millefiori Trade Beads - Millefiori is an Italian word meaning "thousand flowers". It refers to the multi-layered wound mosaic glass beads which were produced in Venice beginning in the early 1800's. These beads are sold 'by the strand' unless specified otherwise. They are all old and show some age and use. Also see other Trade Beads and Rare and Fancy Trade Beads. Click on the image below and a new page will open offering larger views, a detailed description and purchase information.