Here at IBISwoman, we relish glass beads from the 1940s and 1950s. We roll them in our hands, feeling the shapes and weights. We hold them up to the light to see the gradients of color. If we could smell them, we would.
Most vintage glass pieces in our collection were made in Italy, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Japan using lampworking techniques. A few are pressed or wound glass. Because of this, beads match each other; however, if examined closely, each exhibits some individuality. Vintage glass beads are tiny tributes to the glassmaker's art, offering colors and layering techniques that are cost-prohibitive in production quantities today. Added fascination can be found in the geographic context of this glass, especially since most of it keys to the people, supplies and politics of the immediate pre- and post- World War II era. Brought out of warehouses after at least 50 years under wraps, IBISwoman's vintage glass beads have never been worn. What is old is new -- and sometimes old trumps new.