A Brief History of Beads around the World
Beads are sold all around the world. Historians agree that beads history dates back to at least 40,000 years. Beads are a part of almost every culture. Around 1365 B.C., the Egyptians were making glass beads and loose beads. Also, China has been importing and exporting beads for centuries. Beads have been found in ancient American Indian, Roman and African grave sites. Italy was a major player in the beads industry for more than 600 years. In Venice, there were organizations that manufactured glass around 1224 A.D.
The word “bead” originates from the English word “bedu” which means prayer. How were beads made? The process is called winding. On the island of Moreno, the glass manufacturer would wrap melted glass around a piece of iron rod. It is similar to the way a spool holds thread. The glass is then colored or decorated in to a design or pattern. A coloring agent is placed in to melted glass. This concept became very popular in the 13th and 14th century. Beads are also made by a process called the blown glass method. There is a lot more to learn about this commodity.
In America, David Hurst Thomas, an archaeologist, found 62,000 beads in Georgia on St. Catherine’s Island. Beads are located on every continent. They are located on the Asian, African, North American, South American, European, Australian and Antarctica continents.
Today, beads are sold in different styles, sizes and shapes. They are sold by shop owners and jewelry dealers. Customers can even buy bulk beads from manufacturers and online stores. Dealers are applying names to their various product lines. For example, you can purchase Chevron, Cat Eye, Animal, Ceramic, Porcelain, and other types of beads. The price of beads will vary depending on how many you buy and the value of the materials.
Finally, when buying beads, always remember that the rare beads are the most expensive. The Antique Venetian beads, the Antique Chinese Amber beads and the Hebron beads are very rare and they are very expensive beads. Before you invest in any expensive beads, make sure you hire a collector or someone that has experience in the industry.