WMF Myra Krystall beads
A large, graduated strand of WMF iridescent glass beads circa 1930. WMF or Wurttembergische Metallwarenfabrik was essentially a metal works, but in 1926 the company began to produce items of iridescent glass. A young glass designer Karl Wiedmann, copying the techniques used by Tiffany and Loetz, perfected the technique of iridized surfaces and the resulting Myra Krystall range entered production in 1926. The glass was crystal formulated with silver nitrate instead of lead. The silver gave the glass a rich translucent play of colour with a bluish green golden lustre. The Myra Krystall range was discontinued by 1936. These WMF beads are 17 inches long and have their original metal spacers and original metal fastener. Subtly beautiful, with a wonderful play of light and a kaleidoscope of changing colours.