Foil Glass Spatter Beads


Strung on nylon-coated steel jewellery wire, these 1930s foil glass spatter beads are a rare colour and quality and are sometimes called ‘cats eye’ beads because of their shining centres.  


Each bead has been made by pressing gold foil sheet fragments, with multi-coloured glass splashes, into the matt pale yellow glass, before forming the final round bead; and all before the glass cools. These are traditionally Italian by manufacture and each bead is blown individually, so they are all unique.  In this necklace the background colour is a beautiful, soft canary yellow, with gold foil and red, dark blue and turquoise spatters.  


The foil beads are capped with the original brass bead caps and measure from 10-18mm each.  The larger foil beads at the bottom are separated by small brass spacer beads to allow them to bend round the front, without showing the wiring.  The necklace measures 48cms

(19 inches) long, and contains 7 foil beads and many spatter glass beads, varying in size from

3-8mm in matching spatter colours.


The clasp is the original brass ring bolt with a trigger release to enclose the ring and the necklace is now re-wired and secure and in excellent condition.  

There is a little damage to the beads; some small chips to the glass, commensurate with the age of the necklace, but which do not show when it is worn.  All occlusions and swirls are part of the original glass-blowing technique, during their manufacture. 

The necklace is sold with a matching pair of glass bead drop earrings, on gold-plated hook-backs, for pierced ears.


To buy this Necklace and Earrings Set for £48 email Frances now