What is it with these ancient beads?
Beads have always been more than just pieces of jewelry for human adornment. Anyone passionate about ancient beads will have an appreciation of this. For thousands of years they have been crafted, worn, traded, passed on, lost or even buried by the sands of time. Fascinating historical details concerning many facets of ancient civilizations can be expressed by these wonderful little beads. If only beads could talk, what stories could they tell us?
But then again, from a purely aesthetic point, many of these old and ancient beads just look so damn good, don’t they. From superbly balanced and symmetrical Bactrian & Roman agates in near perfect condition, show cased in museums for all to admire, to the ugliest, oldest agate beads from the Indus Valley and Ancient Mesopotamia, beads beat up in wars, neglected and unloved for centuries. Each ancient bead has its own unique charm and beauty, in the eyes of the bead lover, even the ugly ones are worthy of affection, can be beautiful, need to be loved. Sometimes we just have to take a closer look.
Ancient agate beads that have been worn smooth and translucent. Etched or decorated carnelian beads with distinctive motifs that to this day remain so vividly contrasted. Ancient jasper beads with such a variety of psychedelic colors and patterns. Mystic Dzi beads fallen from heaven with supernatural power. Whether you are seeking a pure handcrafted thing of beauty from antiquity, or something more deep and meaningful, look no further than these remarkable little ancient beads. Perhaps if you are lucky, you will find both.