These earrings measure 1″ x 1″ and feature ancient artifacts that date back to the 1800’s. These beads are from the Alert Bay/ Fort Rupert area where there was a Hudson’s Bay trading post that bought furs from the Kwakwakw’wakw people. These beads have an actual history of being traded in the fur trade.
The Hudson Bay white heart beads were traded during the fur trade era. In the mid-1800’s they became known as Hudson Bay beads. They had two distinct colors of glass – one layered over the other. The outer layer was red and the inside layer was green, yellow, or white. The newer versions of the Hudson Bay beads are known as white hearts and have a white inner layer and a clear glass exterior from the range of the rainbow colors. Sizes and shapes vary. They are made today in France, Czech Republic, and India. The China black beads never became very popular as there were too many of them. Nonetheless, they were used in beadwork. Collectors do not consider them too valuable.