BEADS – their history dates to the 15th century when they were a major form of currency used by Portuguese traders who arrived on the West African coast to exploit the continent’s rich resources, such as gold, slaves, ivory and palm oil.
Handmade in Europe – particularly Venice, Bohemia and the Netherlands – these colourful pieces of glass were a novelty to the people of Africa, making them unusual and precious, and were often used in the making of high-status jewellery worn by members of African royalty.
What would you exchange for a string of pretty beads??
To all the Johnny Cash fans out there and everyone who has a ‘well-worn heart‘,
keep on loving x
“Scarabs—the family of beetles to which jewel scarabs belong—were revered by ancient Egyptians as a symbol of the resurrection and the enduring human soul. The dung beetle came to represent the Egyptian morning sun god, Khepri, who was believed to roll the sun across the sky like the scarab beetle rolled a ball of dung across the sands. Depictions of this sacred symbol can be seen throughout Egyptian antiquity, including in jewelry.” (Courtesy of the National Geographic magazine)