Category Archives: Beads

Carnelians of Gujerat by Sarah Corbett

Carnelians of Gujerat by Sarah Corbett

Carnelian has been greatly prized by many cultures. It has been a very desirable element of jewellery and adornment throughout history. Each piece of Carnelian is unique. Many cultures have attributed metaphysical properties to pieces of carnelian. It is believed by many that these semi precious stones can enhance life and help to cure many… Continue Reading

Maasai

Maasai

  The Maasai people live nomadically in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, also known as the great lakes region. The origins of the Maasai people has been traced back to the 15th century in the lower Nile valley. The Maasai worship a single deity called Enkai or Engai; Enkai has two personas, Enkai Narok (… Continue Reading

Aggrab Al Fadda Beads by Sarah Corbett

Aggrab Al Fadda Beads by Sarah Corbett

  Sometimes in the world of bead collecting a style of bead comes to the foreground in terms of interest and desirability. In recent years the Aggrab Al fadda bead has been that specimen. This silver hollow bead is from Mauritania. The term Aggrab means bag, Al Fadda denotes a bag made from the body… Continue Reading

PRAYER BEADS by Leonor Arnó

PRAYER BEADS by Leonor Arnó

In western cultures we may associate prayer beads to Christianity and Middle Ages. In fact their use is universal and pre-dates the Christian Era. Even today the religions of nearly two thirds of the world’s population utilize some form of prayer beads: Muslims, Buddhists and Christians. The use of prayer beads came from the early… Continue Reading

Enamelling as a guide to date

Enamelling as a guide to date

Enamelling is the technique of using molten glass to fill areas on metal jewellery between wires to create decorative coloured jewels. Add to the beautiful colours the belief that these beads were made by the gods and therefore would protect, the need to continue to use and wear damaged pieces of larger beads adds to the… Continue Reading

Bead Work from Oceania

Bead Work from Oceania

  AN EXAMPLE OF BEAD WORK FROM OCEANIA (C. 1920). BY TRUUS DAALDER When my husband Joost and I had reached the cut-off point for including items in my book Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment (Ethnic Art Press and Macmillan, 2009: see link www.ethnicartpress.com.au), our collecting habits did not change, and they still have not. Our… Continue Reading

Chevron Beads. By Sarah Corbett

Chevron Beads. By Sarah Corbett

The first Chevron beads were made in Murano in Italy at the end of the 14th century. The beads, which are made from drawn glass cane constructed using specialist star shaped moulds are one of the most collectable and valuable beads available to us today. Chevron beads are constructed with consecutive layers of various coloured… Continue Reading

Silver Beads of Morocco. By Sarah Corbett

Silver Beads of Morocco. By Sarah Corbett

An Article by Sarah Corbett Many of the exquisite ensembles of North African jewellery include handmade silver beads. The Jewish silversmiths of Southern Morocco were famed for their exceptional workmanship. The Jewish Berber population lived in Morocco from around the 1st century AD when the Jewish peoples expanded from ancient territories in Modern day Libya… Continue Reading