We constantly monitor internet bead sales - it is important to keep current on availability and prices, to observe representation, etc... It was very interesting to see chevrons completely new to us offered at internet auction from a seller in the Southwestern U.S. by the same name as the African importer visiting China. These bead auctions were first noticed in August of 2006. When the seller was written and asked to please stop listing the beads as vintage Venetian, the reaction was less than positive. However, the claim of "Venetian" stopped, and the auctions for these beads became private.
We have a long and very good relationship with an African importer who keeps us updated on his travels and business in the bead world. In December of 2006 he found a source for the new Chinese chevrons replicating Venetians from the African trade. He was able to place one order and complete his purchase. Here are the images of his new Chinese chevrons that he emailed us at that time, while still in Guangdong Province: