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Name: White Heart

Alternate Name(s): Cornaline d'Aleppo; Hudson Bay Bead

Used by: Hudson Bay AC; others see below

Derived from: White core.

Resemblance to Aleppo stone, an agate used to ward off the Aleppo boil that left a red circle with interior pus.

Sold by the Hudson Bay Company.

Earliest Use: at least 1893 (see Ninni and Segatti 1991: 76).

Established trade term by 1879 (Haldeman 1879: 269; therein Coralline d'Aleppo).


Origin: Venetian from ca. 1830; also Czech and French.

Distinctive Trait: Both wound and drawn; several varieties.

Distribution: Global.

Remarks: I prefer white heart because of yellow and green heart. Cornaline d'Aleppo is also acceptable. The HBC traded many beads.


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