Beads are like the very first of all things when it comes to jewelry making somewhat like Adam and Eve were the first of all living human beings. Beads are the first “specimens” of materials for jewelry making.
The most universal forms of jewelry started out as bracelets and necklaces. Even for me as a young child, having pierced ears was something extremely peculiar and very few girls in my community had pierced ears. Bracelets and necklaces were all around me but very few pairs of earrings and even fewer “pierced” earrings.
Early in our history world wide men and women began making jewelry from nuts, berries, teeth and bones. They soon progressed to materials like jade, rubies and pearls incorporating these into pieces of jewelry to wear.
There is even evidence necklaces were part of the stone age people’s wardrobe as excavations of early cave homes revealed pieces of shells and ivory with holes that looked as if these materials had once been used as a necklace.
Beads of hammered gold, beads inlaid with precious metals, lapis lazuli and intricately carved jade and carnelian, which were all designed to be as symbols of wealth, power, good luck and to even ward off evil spirits were found in Egypt, the Orient and America.
It is well documented that some cultures believe the use of beads provide protection. Some of the bones and shells found in the caves from stone age civilization have symbols carved that people believe have some kind of meaning about magic or protection.
Various cultures associate certain stones with specific helps. Agate, for example, is in some cultures thought to guard against spider bites and thunderstorms. Some cultures believe the stones of Jasper can bring rainfall, and amber is protection against demons.
I can say only that I do not hold any of these beliefs about beads. I just think they are pretty to look and make beautiful pieces of jewelry.
Written by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan
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