Believed to be one of the oldest forms of expression, beaded jewellery is a trend that has really stood the test of time! First popularised in the ancient Mesopotamian civilization, people wore handmade jewellery featuring beads made of clay, animal teeth and other materials to show their status and unique sense of style. Beaded accessories are still seen widely throughout the world today but where did this 75-000-year-old trend begin?
Where the Beaded Jewellery Trend Began
The history of beaded jewellery is long and interesting one. The earliest forms of beaded jewellery date back to many thousands of years ago. In fact, many archaeologists believe the Neanderthals wore beaded necklaces and bracelets that carried symbolic meanings. These pieces of jewellery were made out of shells and shaped animal teeth and bones. Over the centuries this trend became more refined with the use of delicate and precious materials.
The Importance of Beaded Jewellery
Beaded jewellery became increasingly more important with the discovery of stunning gemstones and metals. Gemstones such as lapis lazuli were heavily used in all types of jewellery such as beaded necklaces and these material soon become a type of currency which was traded all through Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. Many ancient civilisations associated certain beaded gemstones with healing properties and other beads were used in jewellery for symbolism. People during this time wore elaborate beaded jewellery as an expression of hierarchy. Beaded jewellery also held a significant cultural importance during the Bronze age when more precious gemstones such as amber were discovered.
Beaded Jewellery Favourites
Our newest jewellery favourites from the Extraordinary Collection for Extraordinary Women feature beads that showcase the elegance of a jewellery tradition that originated thousands of years ago. Inspired by trailblazing female icons who came before us, these beaded beauties will have you feeling like a true queen! Discover stunning necklaces, earrings and bracelets that intricately crafted with vibrant beaded gemstones such as lapis lazuli, chalcedony and carnelian. .