Bead Necklaces

Since seemingly our first moments on earth, the human species has been drawn to strands of beads. Our ancestors began creating beads out of the organic materials in their environment and strung them together as a sign of status and also as a signifier of celebration.

Many of these prehistoric peoples were, for instance, buried wearing strands of beads, which served in some cultures as a means of honoring the deceased and, in others, as a method to ward off negative forces in the afterlife. As artisans advanced in skill and new technologies were discovered, new materials were transformed into beads to be worn in single to multiple strands.

By the days of ancient Egypt and Rome, gold beads and beads inset with precious stones and pearls had become commonplace among the most elite members of society. Today, these marvelous beaded pieces can be equally as elegant or can be more cost effective. Regardless of the price tag, however, just putting on a strand of beads can be enough to pull your outfit together and make your day.


Quick Facts

  • The oldest recorded beads date to 82,000 years ago. Discovered in a cave in eastern Morocco, the thirteen recovered beads were made out of pierced shells and bore traces of pigment, suggesting they might have been painted or decorated
  • Beads have also been used in past cultures as a means of currency for trade or bartering. Christopher Columbus took beads with him to the New World in hopes he could use them to acquire any needs along the course of his journey
  • The record for the longest bead necklace or strand was established in 2014 in Birmingham, England. Guinness World Records reports that it measured just less than 6 miles long and took four days to string

Recommended Items at Auction

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A: Handmade Beaded Turquoise Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
A: Handmade Beaded Turquoise Necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $525- $1,575
$15010 Bids
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Estate Amber Like Jewelries
Oct 22, 11:00 AM PDT
Estate Amber Like Jewelries
by Wealthier Art & Auction
Est: $30- $50
$358 Bids
G: Handmade Blue Beaded Animal Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
G: Handmade Blue Beaded Animal Necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $20- $60
$357 Bids
Lux TURQUOISE Graduated Stone Necklace, SS Clasp
Oct 20, 10:00 AM EDT
Lux TURQUOISE Graduated Stone Necklace, SS Clasp
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $100- $240
$3506 Bids
A: Handmade Sterling Beaded Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
A: Handmade Sterling Beaded Necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $438- $1,315
$1205 Bids
~18" STERLING SILVER BEADED NECKLACE
Oct 24, 2:00 PM EDT
~18" STERLING SILVER BEADED NECKLACE
by Lakelands Auction Service
Est: $0- $0
$455 Bids
G: Handmade Blue Beaded Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
G: Handmade Blue Beaded Necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $60- $180
$84 Bids
G: Handmade Turquoise Beaded Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
G: Handmade Turquoise Beaded Necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $45- $135
$303 Bids
A: Handmade beaded possibly turquoise necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
A: Handmade beaded possibly turquoise necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $135- $405
$83 Bids
Large Group of Miscellaneous Sterling Silver
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Large Group of Miscellaneous Sterling Silver
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$753 Bids
JEWELRY-3 necklaces
Nov 20, 6:00 PM CST
JEWELRY-3 necklaces
by Auctions By Moldenhauer
Est: $10- $500
$102 Bids
3 bead necklaces
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
3 bead necklaces
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $30- $90
$102 Bids
G: Handmade Beaded 3 Strand Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
G: Handmade Beaded 3 Strand Necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $33- $100
$82 Bids
G: Handmade Beaded 3 Strand Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
G: Handmade Beaded 3 Strand Necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $33- $100
$82 Bids
Vintage Fish Server and a Divided Server
Oct 24, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Fish Server and a Divided Server
by Caswell Prewitt Realty, INC
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
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Line VAUTRIN (1913-1997) Collier double rangs
Oct 20, 2:00 PM CEST
Line VAUTRIN (1913-1997) Collier double rangs
by Artcurial
Est: €400- €600
€4502 Bids
A Collection of Beaded Necklaces & A Beaded Lariat, including Mimco & Witchery
Oct 28, 6:00 PM AEDT
A Collection of Beaded Necklaces & A Beaded Lariat, including Mimco & Witchery
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD80- AUD120
AUD452 Bids
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5TH AVENUE CRYSTAL SHOT GLASS TIC TAK TOE
Oct 17, 12:00 PM EDT
5TH AVENUE CRYSTAL SHOT GLASS TIC TAK TOE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$42 Bids
Vintage Designer Sterling Glass Bead Necklace
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Designer Sterling Glass Bead Necklace
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$52 Bids
Native American Pink Coral & Heishi Beaded Necklace w/ Turquoise
Oct 30, 9:00 AM MST
Native American Pink Coral & Heishi Beaded Necklace w/ Turquoise
by Fidelity Estate Services
Est: $0- $0
$102 Bids
G: Handmade Blue Beaded Necklace
Oct 17, 5:00 PM CDT
G: Handmade Blue Beaded Necklace
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $21- $65
$62 Bids
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AFRICAN BEADED WOOD FIGURE
Oct 19, 12:00 PM EDT
AFRICAN BEADED WOOD FIGURE
by Aether Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$32 Bids
4 Strand Amethyst, Purple Pearls, and Onyx beaded Necklace
Oct 30, 6:00 PM MST
4 Strand Amethyst, Purple Pearls, and Onyx beaded Necklace
by Ace Of Estates
Est: $95- $200
$52 Bids
6 bead necklaces, three need clasps
Oct 18, 2:00 PM PDT
6 bead necklaces, three need clasps
by International Auction Gallery
Est: $30- $90
$152 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Bead Necklaces


Berner's Auction Gallery

Berner's Auction Gallery

Omni Auction Corp

Omni Auction Corp

Rose's Antiques

Rose's Antiques

Easterly Auction Company

Easterly Auction Company