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You might wonder why some dealers carry Bohemian glass beads, while others carry Czech glass beads. Bohemian beads and Czech beads are really one in the same, with two different names. Bohemia is simply an archaic name for the Czech Republic. Glassmaking in Bohemia and Czechoslovakia is an ancient art. Most of these beads are molded glass, rather than hand blown or fired. In effect, these beads are molded or pressed in a large machine. Because they are machine made, they are one of the least expensive types of glass beads.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|