Overview / /
The collection of beads shown in this volume fall under three categories: Ancient, Ethnographic and Mixed.
As in volume one, the objective of showing these beads is to give them a second life, after all, the true primary purpose of these pieces has always been personal adornment. A few strands, mainly of the ancient varieties, may prove too delicate to wear, especially the Roman and Indonesian mosaic beads.
Many semi-precious stones, such as lapis-lazuli, carnelian, rock crystal and amethyst were found throughout Afghanistan and India, and with the extent of trade and travel between all these areas at the time, we must accept that sometimes the exact origin can be speculative. What we do know, however, is that in one single strand of beads, it is possible to unite time, culture and style.
The ancient stone and glass beads may have been produced in India, although Iran and Egypt were also known for their bead-making industries, so there is always the possibility that they could have been produced in the Middle-East.