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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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Toni Laura Sgn 2 Pc Beaded Necklace and Pendant
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Toni Laura Sgn 2 Pc Beaded Necklace and Pendant
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$5010 Bids
Multi Strand Layered Turquoise Style Bead Necklace
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Multi Strand Layered Turquoise Style Bead Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $90
$77 Bids
18K gold semi precious stone mounted necklace. Heavy gold backing. Stones include tourmaline and
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
18K gold semi precious stone mounted necklace. Heavy gold backing. Stones include tourmaline and
by Tremont Auctions
Est: $700- $1,000
$2,8007 Bids
Hand Beaded Chunky Bead Necklace
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Hand Beaded Chunky Bead Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $100
$76 Bids
CHAN LUU Tiered Bead and Chain Necklace, NWT
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
CHAN LUU Tiered Bead and Chain Necklace, NWT
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $80- $150
$506 Bids
HATTIE CARNEGIE SIGNED Multi Strand Bead Necklace
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
HATTIE CARNEGIE SIGNED Multi Strand Bead Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $100
$156 Bids
Faceted Amethyst Handmade Stone Necklace
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Faceted Amethyst Handmade Stone Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$106 Bids
A turquoise Heishe beaded cluster necklace. 31 in. (79 cm) l.
Sep 28, 9:00 AM PDT
A turquoise Heishe beaded cluster necklace. 31 in. (79 cm) l.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $75- $125
$1004 Bids
Multi Stone Chunky Hand Beaded Necklace
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Multi Stone Chunky Hand Beaded Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $40- $100
$104 Bids
Turquoise Bead Bib Statement Necklace
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Turquoise Bead Bib Statement Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $200
$254 Bids
30" STRAND BEADED NECKLACE STERLING SILVER 22MM
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
30" STRAND BEADED NECKLACE STERLING SILVER 22MM
by Imperial Auction
Est: $400- $500
$702 Bids
A single row graduated cherry coloured Bakelite bead necklace,
Sep 28, 10:00 AM BST
A single row graduated cherry coloured Bakelite bead necklace,
by Sworders
Est: £50- £70
£402 Bids
Blue and Yellow Topaz Beaded Necklace
Sep 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Blue and Yellow Topaz Beaded Necklace
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$502 Bids
DOBBS BOSTON 14K GOLD & STERLING SILVER NECKLACE
Oct 02, 10:00 AM EDT
DOBBS BOSTON 14K GOLD & STERLING SILVER NECKLACE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $300- $400
$302 Bids
THREE STERLING SILVER BEAD NECKLACES, on cord. Weight (all in) 51.0g.
Sep 26, 11:00 AM AEST
THREE STERLING SILVER BEAD NECKLACES, on cord. Weight (all in) 51.0g.
by Raffan Kelaher & Thomas
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD402 Bids
Gerda Lynggaard for Monies Danish Lucite Necklaces
Sep 28, 12:00 PM EDT
Gerda Lynggaard for Monies Danish Lucite Necklaces
by Hill Auction Gallery
Est: $100- $300
$752 Bids
Vtg Silver & 14K Gold Plated Cloisonne Necklace
Oct 19, 10:00 AM EDT
Vtg Silver & 14K Gold Plated Cloisonne Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$11 Bid
Turquoise, Bead and Fetish Necklaces
Sep 30, 9:00 AM EDT
Turquoise, Bead and Fetish Necklaces
by Keystone Auctions LLC
Est: $100- $200
$251 Bid
Large oak frame with points and hand woven bead necklace
Oct 08, 10:00 AM EDT
Large oak frame with points and hand woven bead necklace
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
A sautoir: a black and white banded agate bead necklace ''the All-Seeing Eye of God''
Sep 28, 2:00 PM CEST
A sautoir: a black and white banded agate bead necklace ''the All-Seeing Eye of God''
by Neumeister
Est: €1,300- €1,700
€1,2001 Bid
Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace
Sep 29, 10:00 AM EDT
Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace
by Berner's Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$11 Bid
Black Beaded Floral Pendant Necklace
Sep 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Black Beaded Floral Pendant Necklace
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$11 Bid
Carol Felley Rose Quartz & Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace
Sep 27, 12:00 PM EDT
Carol Felley Rose Quartz & Sterling Silver Beaded Necklace
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $50- $500
$251 Bid

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