White-heart beads are named after their white center, which adds brilliance to the colored glass surrounding it. Another name for these beads is "Cornaline d' Allepo," which translated literally to "Carnelian of Allepo" or "Agate of Allepo." The word Allepo refers to "Leishmaniasis," a parasitic disease found primarily in inter-tropical and temperate regions. People are said to have traditionally worn white-heart beads (as well as carnelian and other agates) as talismans to ward off this disease.
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4-5mm white-heart beads ("Cornaline d'Aleppo"). 20-24" strands of ruby, cranberry, rose and pomegranate-colored glass. Most are made from the 1800's to the mid 1900's. These are becoming scarce and more rare. Cornaline d'Aleppos are two-layer beads with a white or yellow glass center and an outer layer of colored glass. This technique imparts a rich glow. They have been made in Italy for hundreds of years and have been traded to all parts of the world.