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Beads used for these one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces come from several countries like Java, Indonesia, Nepal, India, Tibet, Turkey and China. Some are collected on world travels, some from friends on assignment in Ghana and others from local US merchants who work with Ethnic communities to help their economy.

Java Beads

Most of the beads from Java, Indonesia are recycled glass in many forms. They are highly polished and clear, strong colors that mix well with other beads for a unique look.


The dark blue beads are from Java on head pins from Tibet and recycled bead from Ghana.

Nepalese Beads

Beads from Nepal are also recycled glass, but very different designs. They also have many prayer pendants that offer an interesting focal piece on many necklaces.


27"
AN10
$95.00

This example has beads from Ghana, Tibet and sponge coral beads with the Nepalese prayer bead in the center.
 

Indian Beads

Beads from the country, not Native American Indians. More recycled glass and other types mostly used with beads from other countries in these designs.


 

 



 

Ethnic Bead History

Starting with my passion for African bead designs, I started using beads from other countries to fill in color and texture, making them more unique. Some beads have been collected on travels in China and Afghanistan (though no Afghan beads are currently available). Others are purchased from Happy Mango Beads and Rex African Bead sources.

These earrings are a mix of carved Jade from China, recycled beads from Java and  Tibetan Silver and gold spacers.

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Chinese Beads

Many of the beads used in the Chinese jewelry designs came from a trip to China in 2010 with a trip up the Yangzte River and stops at small villages along the way. Ceramic and porcelain beads were the most prevalent in all sizes and designs. Filler spacer beads in silver tone were available in some locations and are mixed with recycled beads from other countries in the designs. Other popular beads are cloisonné in many shapes, sizes and colors. Just a couple are shown below.

 

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Tibetan Beads

Tibetan beads come in a couple types used in these designs. Tibetan silver is commonly used as spacer beads and come in all sizes and shapes that add texture and interest to many designs. There are also larger pendants similar to those from Nepal.


AB15 - 8 3/4"
$25.00

This bracelet has Tibetan focal
bead with Tibetan silver large
beads with orange sponge
coral beads.

Tibetan pendant and large
silver beads with red coral
beads between

 

 
Some interesting websites with photos of how the beads are made are below:

http://www.ghanacraft.com/bead-making.htm shows how the beads are created.
http://www.globalmamas.org/
http://iweb.tntech.edu/cventura/beadmaking.htm


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