African waist beads Traced back to almost 12000 years, African beads were discovered in the Kalahari desert, Libya, and Sudan. When introduced at first, these were made with the use of clay, eggshell, bone, ivory, twigs, and various other materials. Lately, the trend of the beads was converted into the use of glass beads by the European, Indian as well as those Middle Eastern traders.
“Being recognized as the artificial pearls, the unexpected journey of the beads from Ancient Egypt is now on its way to the homes”
Having the African waist beads made out of glass, the Ancient Egyptians have decorated those artificial pearls with their clothes and dishes. From making up earrings, African beaded necklaces, bracelets, and other pieces of jewelry by making use of colors, the manufacturers have always thought of how these would adore the body. Hence, became a trend lately.
“Artificial pearl when crafted as the piece of jewelry appears to be a treasure“
Although became much quicker to be accepted all across Ancient Egypt and Syria, the Roman Empire has also started producing them with their blowing-way of glass making. Among the variety of beads, there appeared the bulges- formed using oblong tubules.
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As soon as the era begins, the secret production of African waist beads started off in Venice (now recognized as the hub or center of bead production), followed by the popular Murano island. Hence, allowing their daughters to marry the aristocracy- children of whom were known as the aristocrats.
“Making of glass for the glass beads have been referred to as an honorable and cushy job”
Lately in the 13th century, the trend or one can say the monopoly of the manufacturer in Venice ended up as the production started off in various Italian cities. They started off with even the extension that included everything from the manufacturing of glass beads to selling it at their workshop. The similar workshops were then witnessed in France and Germany.
“The senate republic of Venice tried to preserve their monopoly by giving up the production of glass”
Beads and the barter
Centuries past, beads have also been traded as currency as the part of the barter system. These have been widely consumed as natural resources just like other items including gold, coffee, cocoa, ivory, and palm oil. In the late 1950s, African traders have consumed beads as their highly-specialized currency and now among the popular exports all across the US.
“Beads are still worn in the countries by the tribal chiefs, brides, warriors, and the elder ones as a ceremony or as the sign of prestige”
The purchase of beads is a great idea as such a jewel piece appears to be affordable