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Rosetta Chevron Beads

It is 1480 and in Venice, in the furnaces of the island of Murano, a special glass bead is produced, much in demand especially in the colonies of Africa, the Americas and the Indies.

The Rosetta glass bead, also called Chevron.

The first attestation of a production of Rosetta rods is linked to the name of Marietta Barovier, daughter of Angelo, datable to the last decade of the fifteenth century, as shown by a document of the time, in which several of her works are mentioned.

Growing up in her father’s furnace among colors and glass pastes, Marietta created and modelled glass as if she were an alchemist.

Heir to Angelo Barovier, the inventor of the precious Venetian crystal, Maria known as Marietta began working glass alongside her father and brother, dedicating herself to the production of jewels and necklaces for ladies through the use of colored glass rods with holes, necessary to create Venetian beads.

Having become the owner of the furnace after her father’s death, Marietta invented the Rosetta, a glass bead that reproduced the slightly pointed petals of a rose.

By mixing white, red and blue, layer-by-layer, she created the Rosetta bead, also known as the Chevron. The magical intertwining of the colors of her glass beads – sometimes shaped to be rounder, other times in the shape of a barrel or elongated – became the emblem of a world, of a completely Venetian way of being.

Towards the end of the 19th century various variants of the rosette beads were produced, both with and without holes and it was widely exported to Africa, as documented by some pieces found there.

The Chevron became so famous that they were even substituted for money in exchange furs, ivory, spices, and even gold.

Hernan Cortés brought to the court of Montezuma, as a tribute to the sovereign, a necklace of Rosetta glass beads and the same bead appears a century later, in the list of goods that are sold by the Dutch governor Peter Minuit to the Lenape Indians for the purchase of Manhattan, for the consideration of sixty Dutch guilders.

The Rosetta is certainly the most famous Venetian bead. The cane from which it is obtained encloses, along its entire length, a twelve-pointed star design, in white, blue and brick red. Through the grinding action, the piece of rod takes on the ovoid shape, a barrel: in this way the design is highlighted in its entire splendor.

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