The history of the creation of cornelian beads is closely associated with the existence of natural stones.
As early as in the 18th century, a very wide pallet of glass colors had been created in the glassworks of the Jizera Mountains and the local craftsmen were especially known for their ability to create glass which imitated the precious stones which were in fashion at the time. People all over the world loved the glass stones and beads manufactured in the Jizera Mountains. When the mass production of glass seed beads commenced here at the end of the 19th century, the demand for seed beads which imitated precious stones and semi-precious stones increased. And it was for that reason that the cornelian, a seed bead with a white heart, was born. The first cornelian was in a red-brown shade and it imitated a carnelian stone.
It was precisely this semi-precious stone which gave the name to the entire group of seed beads with a white heart. The original color of the cornelian was later replaced with clear red glass. This did not remain the only color, however, and orange, yellow, blue, turquoise and green variants were gradually added. In recent years, purple and black have also been added at the request of customers.
The comprehensive color range of unique cornelians is currently still very popular, but red remains the most popular color variant.
Preciosa Ornela now presents a new type of cornelian, the PRECIOISA Cornelian Star. Get to know yet another unique product from the range sold under the PRECIOSA Traditional Czech Beads™ brand.