Amazing History of Handmade Beaded Jewelry
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots said good old Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., ONH, who Wikipedia describes as a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator.
That quote is just like saying for every Hercules, there is a Zeus because that’s where it all began for all conquering Hercules. No Zeus, No Hercules.
Don’t mind my poor attempt at Greek mythology. Whatever way, I am just trying to point out the fact that there is a history behind everything and beaded jewellery is no different.
You might feel that the history of handcrafted beaded jewelry cannot possibly be very interesting, but in fact, it is quite intriguing to learn where this part of culture began.
Some say that the beginnings of beaded jewelry began more than 70,000 years ago when man found the beads and gems and thought it was incredibly beautiful. Beaded jewelry has been used in many ways. One way is simply for beauty. Another is for value. In most part of Africa, beads were a means of trade, while it served as talisman to other communities.
Let us shortly look at how beaded jewelry was initially created.