Sometimes referred to as Bohemian Glass, these beads are typically manufactured in a region of the Czech Republic formerly known as North Bohemia. This area has a rich history in glass making, dating from the 13th century. By 1928, Czechoslovakia was the largest bead exporter in the world. However, the global Depression of the 1930's, followed by Communist rule in the 1940's, deeply impacted production. After the death of Stalin, the industry was revitalized with large-scale changes, such as factory production. In recent years there has been a return to small-scale production. Czech glass beads are known worldwide for their impeccable craftsmanship and beautiful range of bright, vivid colors.