Beads — The Old & The New!
love of beads began in ancient times. Long ago the peoples of Egypt,
Asia, Africa, Europe and the Americas wore beads as jewelry and
clothing adornments. They were believed to have supernatural powers
of healing and protection, and were commonly used in the place of
of Old Traded Far and Wide
time beads have been widely used in trade for precious commodities
and valuables. Hundreds and even thousands of years ago beads were
painstakingly manufactured for the world trade in Venice, Bohemia,
China, Europe, Africa, India, the Middle East, the Americas, and
many other far away places. Some beads in certain parts of the world
were more precious than gold, sometimes actually traded for gold.
Because of this trading, many beads have virtually traveled around
the world, and are still in circulation to this day.
Old & The New Come Together
modern times some of the earth's finest bead makers work in the
Czech Republic, Europe, China, Japan, India, Mexico, Thailand, the
Middle East and Africa. Their artistry draws from the past and is
an inspiration to all who appreciate them. Beads are still made
of the same basic bone, metal, stone, clay, glass, and seashell
materials. The beads made in our time can still be found to travel
to many far away places on the planet similar to the beads of ancient
times. They are bought, sold, and traded for (and as) special goods
or money. It’s no wonder that the enjoyment they bring to
many is so great! Here at Dixon’s Trade Bead we bring
to you our select pickings of “the old and the new”
world trade beads.
and Rich Dixon