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Digital Subscriptions > Rock&Gem Magazine > November 2019 > THE ANCIENT WORLD OF BEADS

THE ANCIENT WORLD OF BEADS

FROM MARINE SHELLS TO MILLIFORI
Etched glass beads from about 500 CE; the designs were made by painting and firing a natron paste.
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Byzantine cloisonné beads made in Constantinople about 1200 CE consist of filigree gold, pearls, garnet, and enamel.
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
The beads in this Bronze Age necklace, circa 2500 BCE, in France show the many different materials used in beads: jade, copper, marine shtells, teeth, reindeer horn, limestone, and calcite.
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
These Phoenician eye beads, made of glass, date to about 1000 BCE; eye beads were a popular style for beads in many cultures.
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, GETTY IMAGES

Gem-and-mineral shows are fascinating for their huge displays of mineral specimens, gemstones, gems, carvings, jewelry items, and trinkets. But visitors sometimes overlook the most abundant items of all—beads. Manufactured by the billions, eminently affordable, and part of our everyday lives, beads are easy to take for granted.

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