Some people would think how the history behind handcrafted bracelets could be at all interesting, but in fact, it is quite intriguing to learn where this part of everyday culture began. It is believed that this form of jewelry began more than 70,000 years ago when man found stones and gems that they found incredibly beautiful. Stone jewelry then went on to have multiple purposes, one being simply for beauty and fashion, whereas another was used as currency. Some would trade and buy goods with stone jewelry or stone beads as well, but how did this style of jewelry initially start? Let’s take a look?
During the time that stone jewelry was created, it could not possibly have had a practical use other than to flaunt wealth. People during these times would attach beads to leather straps and use them as necklaces, these necklaces were the first sign of handcrafted jewelry.
Handcrafted beaded jewelry was not only made of stones but was also made of glass, bone, porcelain, shells, clay, ivory, and even wood. Bead craftsmen often kept the trade a very large secret and even risked their lives to keep the trade a secret. Mass production of beads began in the late 1800s when Swarovski began producing a special type of bead that was in high demand, those beads are still in high demand today and the process of how they are made is still kept a secret to this day.
Different parts of the world created different types of handcrafted beaded jewelry. Central and South America are known for their wampum and quill creations, while Native American beadwork usually included a lot of turquoise and silver. Bead making in France began as early as 38,000 BC! Worry beads, Filigree, and highly decorated ceramic beads originated in Greece, while Italy specialized in the Murano glass beads. There are dozens of other countries not yet discussed here, but beaded jewelry has a rich and vast history that is incredibly interesting. Suffice it to say that there is a rich cultural tradition with wearing beaded jewelry.