Cornaline d’Aleppo

The term cornaline d’Aleppo (French for carnelian from Aleppo) was used as early as 1870 to describe beads more commonly called white hearts, which are made of glass to simulate the sought after stone Carnelian. They are cased glass beads, made by applying a layer of glass over a core of glass of a different color and/or type. Cornaline d’Aleppo, refers to compound beads in which translucent red glass is layered over an ivory or white glass core, or sometimes an opaque yellow or pink core—especially larger beads or beads embellished with lamp-worked eye dots or trailed floral motifs. Often given the distinction “Fancies”The beads may be either drawn or wound. Although most are small oblates 3 to 5 mm in diameter, they come in a variety of shapes and sizes, including tubes, slices, ellipsoids, barrels, ovals, bicones, or spheres, ranging up to 16 mm in diameter. Types of these beads include “Skunk“, Feathers, and Fancies