A History of Beads
Beads have been used in many cultures for centuries. The word "bead" comes from the Anglo Saxon words "bidden" (to pray) and "bede" (prayer). Beads have been used as money and worn as jewelry to bring wisdom and fortune to the wearer. Found dating back nearly 40,000 years, beads have been made from pebbles, shells, teeth, claws, clay, glass and more.
Glass became an important material in bead making with its discovery around 3,400 years ago. Glass beads and hand-crafted beaded jewelry have long been associated with the Roman Empire as well as early Mediterranean, Egyptian, and Venetian cultures.