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The Worldwide History of Beads: Ancient . Ethnic . Contemporary Hardcover – 1 Feb 2010
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'The major reference work currently available on all beads' --The Bead Society of Great Britain
'... regarded as the major reference work currently available on all beads and may in fact be the world's definitive guide for bead lovers, collectors and scholars'
--Jewellery History Today
'A bible for collectors'
'For any craft artists who appreciate bead materials or jewelry making, The Worldwide History of Beads will become their ultimate companion'
From the Inside Flap
Since its first publication in 1987 as The History of Beads, this book has become the worlds definitive guide for bead lovers, collectors and scholars. Beautifully packaged with a new cover, this volume now available in paperback is a must-have for devotees of the first edition and for the next generation of bead obsessives and aficionados. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
The author - Lois Sherr Dubin, sets out the history, cultural significance and the sources of the many materials used to produce the varied designs that make up the broad heading of 'bead work'. This particular edition has a very good section on contemporary 'bead works' and shows that, although, the use of beads has been around for some 30,000 years, the inventiveness of the modern practitioners has not diminished.
I would recommend this book to any one - whether a worker of beads or just some one who loves a wonderfully produced book.
It covers the subject thoroughly without ever becoming boring - as the dust jacket says, ancient, ethnic and contemporary. The lavish illustrations, often full-page, are superb. There is plenty of historical information too, I especially liked the history timeline - humans have been using beads to adorn themselves since 100,000 BC!!
The worldwide coverage is excellent, there are chapters on Europe; the Far East; India; Central and Southeast Asia; Middle and South America; and North America. The use of beads throughout history for religious, ceremonial, decorative, or practical purposes is covered.
My particular interest is the use of beads for prayer, not only historically, but also across different religions.
There is an entire chapter on "The World of Islam", however, I was disappointed that the author chose to dismiss the manufacture of Faturan during the late nineteeth century, by an Egyptian craftsman, Arava Faturan. The rich cherry red of these beads has never been matched since. This was possibly made as a substitute for the expensive amber, beads, or maybe it a was a method of using the "wasted" amber that was cut away from the raw amber "nugget" to create a single bead. Either way, original Faturan beads are extremely rare. In addition, just to confuse the issue, the advent of bakelite in 1909 caused a surge of so-called "faturan" beads, production ended in 1945. These are equally beautiful and collectible in their own right but not exactly the "real thing".
Amber and pearls have a chapter of their own.
A chapter entitled, "Contemporary: Europe and North America" brings the bead up to date.
An absolutely fascinating book, gorgeously illustrated and could be on any antique dealers bookshelf.
jewellery maker and am very glad I purchased it.
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