Sunday, August 2, 2009

And The Bead Goes On....

The history of beads dates as far back as 40,000 years. They have been made by every society and culture using items such as pebbles, shells, teeth, claws, clay, plant seeds and various stones.

Used for trading and as currency, beads were much more valuable at one time than dolling up our purses and shoes.

Glass became an important material in bead making with its discovery about 3400 years ago.

Today we think of beads mostly on clothing, accessories and jewellery using sequins, glass, precious stones and plastic. So next time you wear something sparkly, remember how 'old' your beads are!

Detail of Susan Small Gown


Alicia @ boylerpf said...

I Love old beads...especially the old Czech beads. They were some very industrious people. The gowns are gorgeous!

Keith said...

Those are wonderful. I didn't realize beads had been around that long. Hope you had a good weekend. Cheers!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Here in Phoenix we have a bead museum that is in danger of being lost to the economy. :(

Terence Sambo said...

i love that beaded dress, so couture!!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Deeply gorgeous examples of beadwork. I adore this beautiful art and love to find clothing (past and present) that's bedecked in wonderful beads.

Thank you very much for your lovely comment, honey. I hope you're having a fantastic weekend!

Big hugs!
♥ Jessica