An ever-growing and evolving glossary of beads and their country of origin.
This beautiful blue stone comes from the Sar-I-Sang mines of Afghanistan, and contains flecks of Pyrite, also known as “Fool’s Gold.”
There are four different species of penguin that spend their entire lives on the continent of Antarctica!
These “semi-precious” stone beads are formed from hardened fossil sediment.
If you look at Opal from different angles, it reveals its “fire” which can range from purples & blues to oranges & pink!
These crystal beads are made using a special, top secret process that makes them sparkle like no other bead in the world!
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These stones have layers of quartz and silica, made from volcanic activity that occurred over 200 million years ago!
Amazonite is named after the Amazon River in Brazil where it was first believed to have been discovered thousands of years ago!
In ancient times, this stone was thought to possess the power to hold sunlight!
Bulgarian ceramic beads are made using a variety of different techniques such as carving, stamping, and glazing.
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This gray stone reveals flashes of blue light when held at certain angles!
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This Lapis from Chile is a paler blue than that of Afghanistan, it also contains less Pyrite (Fool’s Gold).
These copper beads are enameled in many different colors and they often showcase a floral design.
Chinese porcelain beads are hand painted and best recognized in a classic cobalt blue and white color combination.
Genuine Cinnabar is made of mercury, making it one of the most toxic minerals known to man! Now these are made from cast resin, so you can wear them safely.
This green stone forms above copper deposits found deep in the earth.
SEEDS, CERAMIC, & BONE BEADS
The products of mother nature are very popular in this island nation!
The Czech Republic is well known for producing both tiny, cut glass beads called “seed beads” as well as glass beads of other shapes and sizes.
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This gorgeous blue stone can only be found in the Dominican Republic!
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FAIENCE SCARAB & MUMMY BEADS
Scarabs represent the circle of life in ancient Egyptian culture. These beads are made from sand and ground up quartz.
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These opaque beads are made out of a paste which is put in a mold and then heated with fire!
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GERMAN GLASS BEADS
These vintage beads are over half a century old. Some of them are even made with real 22k gold!
Krobo beads are made from ground up bottles and glass scraps.
These clay beads are made by hand in the Greek islands.
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Guatemalan clay beads were used by the Mayan people to weigh down threads while making hand-spun cotton.
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Jadeite Jade is the national stone of Guatemala.
The word “Puka” means “hole” in Hawaiian. The sea, sand, and sun create holes in these shells, turning them into beads!
Indian glass beads have been around for about 2,000 years! These beads are made by sculpting molten hot glass to create unique beads of all shapes & sizes.
BALI SILVER BEADS
The silver working techniques used to create these beads are part of an ancient Balinese tradition.
Indonesia has been making glass beads for centuries.
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JAVA LAMPWORK GLASS BEADS
Handcrafted glass beads made on the island of Java!
INDONESIA – BORNEO
This bead is made out of a seed that is used as a prayer bead in Hinduism. glass beads made on the island of Java!
CERAMICS & PLASTICS
From ancient techniques to modern designs, these beads are unique and beautiful.
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These glass beads are made by hand, making each one unique and one of a kind!
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Japanese seed beads are the most uniform and perfect beads of their kind. These tiny “seed” like beads are made from glass!
HANDMADE GLASS BEADS
These beads are made from rods of colorful glass.
Milagros means “Miracles” in Spanish. These charms are used as symbols or prayers for the wearer’s particular needs.
FOSSIL SHARK TOOTH
Morocco has an abundance of shark teeth and dinosaur fossils!
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BURMA JADE BEADS
In ancient times, Jade was considered to be almost as valuable as gold!
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INLAID METAL BEADS
Turquoise and coral bits are embedded into these stunning metal beads.
CARVED WOOD & JADE
In Maori culture, symbols like spirals called “Koru” are carved in wood, jade, and even bone!
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Norway is home to the Arctic Puffin which is one of the smallest of the Puffin species.
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Hebron Glass was traditionally made with sand and sodium carbonate from the Dead Sea!
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PERUVIAN CERAMIC BEADS
These colorful beads have so much detail, they are tiny works of art!
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SHELL, CORAL, & STONE
Products from nature, specifically from the sea, are a big hit in this country with over 7,500 islands!
This stone gets its name from the Russian word “Chary” (скупой) which means “charms” or “magic.”
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BLUE LACE AGATE
This beautiful light blue stone has subtle stripes made of microscopic crystals!
This beautiful pearl is formed from the Black Lip Oyster.
This beautiful stone only occurs in Tanzania, in a volcanic basin called Merlani.
KAREN HILL TRIBE SILVER
Each and every piece of Hill Tribe silver is made by hand, making each bead completely one of a kind!
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Dzi means “sky.” Some of these beads are valued at more than one million dollars!
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Red Coral grows in the depths of the Mediterranean Sea in dark caverns or crevices.
Protective beads also known as “Evil Eye” beads.
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REPUBLIC OF CÔTE d’IVOIRE
AFRICAN BRASS BEADS
These metal beads are particularly special because each one has its own unique mold that can be used only once, making each bead one of a kind!
This special stone is created when gas bubbles from lava become trapped in volcanic rocks allowing crystals to form! Did you know a crystal can grow over 6 feet long?!
ARIZONA TURQUOISE BEADS
The world’s most beautiful Turquoise comes from right here in Arizona! It is often used in Native American jewelry.
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RHODE ISLAND PEWTER
This is where metal casting in America first began!
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In Zuni culture hand carved bear fetishes are believed to have magic healing powers
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