Beautiful beads attract people to the magazines that sell beading supplies. There is a wide variety of beads such as long beads, thin beads, round beads, small beads, and large beads – Beads of every shape or size. Some beads go into the making of placemats, table mats, doormats or pot covers. Most beads, though, go into the making of Jewelry, and most go into the making of bead earrings.
Neanderthal man is the earliest we find in bead history. These were discovered in France. The “eye bead” was used to meet the age-old need for “protection against evil” – Which is where the saying “evil eye” comes from. They encourage those who look at them to look away from the person who is wearing it and keep him/her safe. In Africa, beads are an important part of a communication. In all African societies, adornment, mostly with beads, communicate cultural values. These values are portrayed as a type of symbolic language that shows rank, religion, politics and artistic outlook on life.
The wide variety of silver beads found all over India are also well known. In the Western world we take the Bead for granted, but when we truly think of their use they become part of a story in our history that reflects the past and present, and also our future. Today you find beads wherever you go, you can also find many online galleries selling large variety of beads. There are many different types of beads that are available these days.
Some of them are – Seed beads are small, round or shaped, and can be made from almost anything. The most common seed beads are made of glass or plastic, but you can also get them in wood, pearl, jet, metal and so on. A bugle bead is a long tube shaped bead, made from plastic, glass or metal. A center bead is used as a feature bead in the middle of a jewelry piece, a sewing design (such as a flower), the end of a dangle, or to complete a row of beads. Named because of their oval shape, Oval or Rice beads are generally used as a spacer in dangles or as a feature in sewing.
Dichroic Beads: Are high end art beads that come in a numerous variety of colors and shapes. Fire-polished Beads: Are made in the Czech Republic and are known for their high quality. Fusible Beads: Are small, plastic and colorful beads that are placed on a special reusable pegboard to form a picture. Lampwork Beads: Are handmade through a process of layering and adding different colors of glass to create a three dimensional bead. Swarovski Crystal Beads: These crystals are machine cut to give precise angles and are often multi-faceted.
Amrita Manwani represents Krivi International. Krivi brings you exquisite Indian fashion like Indian Jewelry, traditional jewellery, bracelets and bangles.