Beautiful examples were first seen in Roman and Viking times around the Mediterranean - rediscovered and developed in 15th C. Venice onwards, carried as trade goods into the New World.
Enter the talismanic world of meaningful traditional adornment – where colourful motifs denote protection against evil and show wealth, power, authority, and faith.
Stefany Tomalin writes: Welcome to my new BeadTreasures website! Here I show many rare and collectable beads of all materials acquired over years when I had a unique bead shop in Portobello Road, famous centre of the antique trade in London.
We specialised in the most rare and unusual beads of all origins and I was one of a very few who seriously researched beads, writing 3 popular books about them. In fact I have more than 45 years’ experience in the world of beads and bead research. I founded the Bead Society of Great Britain, i co-moderate an online bead discussion forum - “Beads-L”, and am currently the elected president of the Society of Bead Researchers.
When my shop closed I was looking after my very elderly mother, babysitting grandchildren, and still lectured, gave classes, wrote and did consultancy, while the wonderful beads from the shop were in storage, but now - at last! much of the interesting stock can be bought via my site.
Contact me now for more details about any of the exotic beads shown here.