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glass redThis is a set of red glass beads and pendant for your matching earring/necklace designs. The earring beads (approx. 1 mm. long) consist of clear red glass set in gold oval frames. My understanding is that these are vintage, from the 1950's. The pendant (approx. 1" long and 1 mm. wide) is of blown glass with gold and other elements, with a generous horizontal hole (through the red section), ready for stringing. This is not vintage, but it is beautifully handcrafted, and it goes so nicely with these beads that we are offering it as a set for your jewelry designs.

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The Illustrated Bead Bible

Though I'll normally feature more specific information about types of beads/gemstone in this blog, I would be remiss not to use today as a 'B is for BEADS' opportunity, and talk about the general history of beads.  Archeologists and bead historians have affirmed that the use of beads may go back up to 100,000 years ago!  Practices involving beads include body adornment, spiritual ceremonies, currency, art, and enterprise.  From the primitive beads fashioned of bones, tusks, nuts, and more in the Stone Age, to the incredible array of materials used today for beads ranging from the mundane to the sublime (clay, grass, plastic - and gold, diamond, gemstone), woman-kind and man-kind have created an ever-evolving universe of materials, designs, and colors for their creations.  For a phenomenal resource on beads, their types, uses, history, and associated techniques, check out The Illustrated Bead Bible by Theresa Flores Geary, Ph.D.  You can find it on Amazon.com and it's a great investment if you're as fascinated by the world of beading as I am.

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