Lately, I've been crawling all over the internet finding information, books and images related to the topic of Ancient Beads. I am frankly astonished at how OLD the art of beads is.
I thought I might share a few links and images from my wanderings that I hope will inspire you as well...
Beads go way back, I mean seriously WAY back,
as in at least 80,000 years ago - I know, like what?!?!
I'm turning next to the Neolithic Age (5000 years or older) -
Here's another amazing site with beads from various periods;
this image depicts beads from ancient Egypt.
I find these extraordinarily beautiful.
The preColumbian period features beautiful carved stone beads.
I love the fantastic shapes: discs, cones, ear spools,
as well as natural stone and pebble forms.
The last image in this photo depicts one of my favorite colors that
inspired the name of a color I use in my own work: Yucatan Stone Green.
Here's a one of my favorite sites with tons of information about ancient beads:
This site showcases a fantastic book on old beads
(which I recently purchased as a used book);
you can peruse samplings of its content here:
Another book just posted in a comment on Facebook by Grace Neff:
I could go on - there is an incredible amount of history to discover.
I hope these links will motivate you to explore further!