The Global Beads Blog

Bedouin Jewelry

Articles of jewelry made and worn by the Bedouin tribes in Saudi Arabia. The jewelry is almost always of silver, frequently set with turquoise, sometimes with stones of reddish colour. The pieces have distinctive forms and styles, with ornamentation frequently of chains, beads, bells and such local objects as Koran cases. A woman’s jewelry symbolizes […]

Jewelry and History of Nomadic Jewelry

The history of nomadic and traditional jewelry resembles that of archaeology; layer after layer of culture has overlapped and intertwined as the centuries have passed, culminating in the artifacts worn by the last generation of nomads and traditional communities. The most remote layers of influence in the Middle East are the early civilizations, the cultures […]


The invention of Bakelite.When asked why he entered the field of synthetic resins, Baekeland answered “to make money.” His first objective was to find a replacement for shellac (made from the excretion of lac beetles). Chemists had begun to recognize that many of the natural resins and fibers were polymers. Baekeland began to investigate the […]

Bauxite Beads

Bauxite Beads produced from Iron Ore in a small village in Ghana. “100 km N of Accra lies a village Akyem Abompe. At the first sight it looks like other modern Ghanaian villages, where the network of streets reveals a great degree of planning and most inhabitants are dressed European way. Though the village is […]

Gent’s Jewels

Our latest addition to my Jewellry Designs. So as not to forget the men in our lives, we have a special line for them!  You wil find the same quality of design, the best materials and they start at 18″ lengths.  View our latest. go to Gent’s Jewels.

Color Wheel and Theory

A Color wheel is: • An abstract illustrative organization of color hues around a circle that show relationships between primary colors, secondary colors, complementary colors, etc. As an illustrative model, artists typically use red, yellow, and blue primaries (RYB color model) arranged at three equally spaced points around their color wheel. Printers and others who […]

Turkoman Jewelry

Wikipedia   “Historically, all of the Western or Oghuz Turks have been called Türkmen or Turkoman;however, today the terms are usually restricted to two Turkic groups: the Turkmen people of Turkmenistan and adjacent parts of Central Asia, and the Turkomans of Iraq and Syria. Turkmen in Iran and Afghanistan remain very conservative in comparison to their […]


Opalized Palmwood: Pumtek meaning “buried thunderbolt” are important heirloom beads among the Chin, who live in the Chin Hills of western Myanmar (formerly Burma). “Composition and Manufacture Pumtek beads are composed from fossil palmwood, that is a variety of non-precious opal (unlike many fossil woods that have become agatized). It is correct to say they are “fossil […]

Netsuke, Inro and Ojime

Netsuke are miniature sculptures that were invented in 17th-century Japan to serve a practical function (the two Japanese characters ne+tsuke mean “root” and “to attach”). Traditional Japanese garments—robes called kosode and kimono—had no pockets; however, men who wore them needed a place to store their personal belongings, such as pipes, tobacco, money, seals, or medicines. […]

Cloisonné Beads

History Early cloisonné techniques Cloisonné first developed in the jewelry of the ancient Near East, typically in very small pieces such as rings, with thin wire forming the cloisonné. In the jewellery of Ancient Egypt, including the pectoral jewels of the Pharaohs, thicker strips form the cloisonné, which remain small. In Egypt gemstones and enamel-like […]

How seedbeads are made

How Seedbeads Are Made. – The earliest seed beads of European manufacture probably date to about 1490. Around that time, Venetian glassmakers rediscovered the method of making beads by drawing molten glass into long hollow tubes. “Although a great deal of secrecy has always surrounded the drawn-glass beadmaking operations…descriptions written in 1834 and 1919 apparently […]

Millefiori Beads

Millefiori is a glasswork technique which produces distinctive decorative patterns on glassware. The term millefiori is a combination of the Italian words “mille” (thousand) and “fiori” (flowers). Apsley Pellatt (in his book “Curiosities of Glass Making”) was the first to use the term “millefiori”, which appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in 1849. The beads were […]