The chevron is one of the most famous trade beads from Venice. The beads are drawn from a hollow glass ball with different colours of glass. The Venetians have long tried to keep their recipes secret, but glass masters brought the technique to Amsterdam and Bohemia early 17th century.
India - where this necklace is made - also has a long tradition of making chevron beads. Indian beads were also called "trade wind beads"; ships sailed on the monsoon winds to the ports of Africa carring beads. The wire wound end closes with a coin, an old Indian rupee. The necklaces are approximately 48 cm in size.