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Beads: History in Indian Culture

Indians and ancient cultures alike have been using beads for centuries. The beads were used primarily for decoration, money and as talismans.

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The word "Talisman," derived from the Greek verb "teleo," means, primarily, to accomplish, or bring into effect. The Talisman is an object marked with magic signs and is believed to confer on its bearer supernatural powers or protection. Virtually every religion and ancient culture in human history has offered as adherents small decorative objects which purpose is to do anything ranging between healing, protection or success. Such was the case with beads in most Indian cultures. They were believed to provide natural powers and to protect them as well as heal the weak and injured.

The Value and Uses of Beads

Over time, beads became extremely valuable among the Indians and also to the rapidly expanding Western Civilization. They were used primarily as money to trade for goods between the natives and Westerners. Beads were also used as decorative pieces for tribesmen due to their exquisite and unique beauty and signified leadership and importance among tribe members. It is believed that beaded “jewelry” began thousands of years ago as a method of transporting beads from one place to another by stringing beads together for transportation and were commonly worn around the neck for easy transport.

Today beaded jewelry remains fashionable among all cultures in the current society and provides a stunning and unique look to wearers. Please look through our large collection of gemstone beads and jewelry we have to offer.

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