Beads Throughout History

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If you grew up watching the Flintstones, you’re probably familiar with Wilma Flintstone’s jewelry of choice. Of course I’m talking about the oversized rock necklace and bracelet Wilma is always seen wearing. While we’ll never know if our first female ancestors really adorned themselves with rock jewelry, archeologists have found that jewelry has been around for thousands of years in the form of Beads.

Archeologists have dated the existence of beads back some 4,000 years. Some of the earliest forms of beads were made from the bones and teeth of animals, along with shells and seeds found in various regions. Later clay, glass, and wooden beads appeared followed by semi precious stones and metals.

Throughout history beads have played an important role in religion and commerce as well. Archeologists believe some of the earliest beads were used as protection from supernatural forces and for prayer. Even today prayer beads are popular among a variety of religions and the rosary bead is one of Catholicism’s most prominent symbols. Beads were also often used as monies throughout history. In fact, beads played an important role in the settlement of the American colonies via trade between the Native Americans and Columbus. Throughout history beads have been found in every region of the Earth and have served numerous important purposes in the development of mankind.

Now days beads are made in a spectrum of materials and styles. The most common and inexpensive forms of beads are usually made from acrylic and plastics. Thanks to modern design and manufacturing acrylic and plastic beads can be found in just about any color, shape, and size. From transparent pastels to ornate and even hand painted metallics and more, there is bound to be the right bead for any individual style or need.

Other beads are made from more expensive materials. Some of the most prestigious jewelry on the market contains rare and intricate beadwork. These valuable and desirable bead collections include semi precious gems, pearls, Swarvorski crystals, and rare glass beads such as those made in the Italian providence of Murano.

For decades glass beads were some of the most highly sought after jewelry items on the planet. The most desirable of which were hand made by the glass artisans on the island of Murano, located off the shores of Italy. Thanks to the highly decorative bead work coming out of the city, Murano glass became a world renowned phenomenon that continues to this very day.

Today beads don’t have to be expensive or rare to be valued or enjoyed. Many women enjoy adding beaded necklaces, bracelets, and more to their jewelry collection and the right strand of beads can really complete any outfit. Girls especially love making their own jewelry from beads and sharing them with friends and family. Many women even create and sell their own beaded jewelry from home without needing expensive or specialized equipment to get started making beads the perfect starting place for any aspiring jewelry designer.

Whether you want to show off with rocks like Wilma Flintstone’s, or you prefer petite and precious accent pieces, there is sure to be a type of bead that reflects your own individual personality and style. Even better, no two beads are exactly alike, making no two beaded jewelry items identical either. No matter what your tastes and style wearing beads has been and will always be a part of fashion.

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This article was published on 2011/01/07