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.
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.
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.
This example has beads from Ghana, Tibet and sponge coral beads with the
Nepalese prayer bead in the center.
Beads from the country, not Native American Indians. More recycled glass
and other types mostly used with beads from other countries in these
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.
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.
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"
This bracelet has Tibetan focal
bead with Tibetan silver large
beads with orange sponge
Tibetan pendant and large
silver beads with red coral