We here at Blue Door Beads have recently had the pleasure of meeting lots of people from all over the world. When we’ve asked these folks what has brought them to the Bay Area, their answers are almost always the same: it’s summer vacation time!
That got us thinking of all the fabulous places we would like to visit, and all of the amazing beads we could pick up in far-off lands! Although we may not be able to visit Africa, Venice, or the Czech Republic in the near future, we can enjoy looking at gorgeous examples of the types of beads these countries are famous for, and so can you! Enjoy!
Japanese Tensha beads are handmade by applying detailed decals to acrylic beads. They are then sealed and protected with an acrylic coating. Definition and photo courtesy of bohemiabeads.com.au
Beads from Afghanistan are often made of Gillit, a coin based alloy metal with a low silver percentage. They are then embellished with compressed semi-precious stones, such as turquoise, lapis, or coral. Photo courtesy of look4treasures on Etsy.
German glass bead artist Michou Pascale Anderson creates amazingly colorful focal beads. Photo courtesy of michoudesign on Etsy.
Although the glasswork style of millefiori (“a thousand flowers”) has been used in many cultures, Italy made the style famous, especially in the realm of beads. Photo courtesy of reddogbeads.com
African beads are often made of many different materials, since they have been traded with folks from many other countries over the centuries. Photo courtesy of africanbeads.org.
Traditional Native American jewelry often contains intricate inlays of semi-precious gemstones, such as turquoise, sugilite, and gaspeite. Photo courtesy of rubylane.com
These hollow, carved wooden beads were created using an old Chinese (specifically, Cantonese) bead style. Photo courtesy of earthlyadornments.com.
Swarovski crsytals are luxury-cut lead glass beads made in Austria. Photo courtesy of overstock.com.
Czech glass beads are some of the highest quality in the world! Photo courtesy of artfire.com.