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Beaded Bracelets

Beaded bracelets can offer a rhythmic and lustrous beauty to the wearer’s wrist. Durable yet dazzling, they have enjoyed a rich history that dates back to the origin of the bead itself almost 100,000 years ago. Early beaded bands were typically made from natural or organic materials, such as shells or coral.

As artisans became more adept in their designs, more complex wood and stone beads came into popularity. The carving of semiprecious stones into beads occurred to artisans roughly 30,000 years ago, introducing the potential for luxurious beaded designs.

The advent of the glass bead dates to roughly 5,000 years ago to the cultures of ancient Mesopotamia, who pioneered rudimentary techniques for wrapping molten glass into tubular bead shapes. The Venetians arguably perfected this glass bead technique several hundred years later. The island of Murano off the coast of the Lagoon City still producing beads today, along with other blown glass works.

Today, beaded bracelets carry on these past traditions while also including some modern advances. New means of stringing and closure mean more accommodations for the wearer’s wrist and less likelihood of a beaded strand breaking.


Quick Facts

  • Beads used in bracelets can vary greatly in size, from the smallest seed beads to the larger, and more elaborate lamp work beads, which are typically extensively decorated and could amount to close to a half an inch in across
  • Cairo’s Egyptian Museum boasts two fantastic beaded cuff bracelets of Queen Ahhotep (16th century B.C.). Decorated with 18 rows of seed beads, these cuffs are framed in gold and are complemented with inlaid semiprecious stones such as turquoise and lapis lazuli
  • Venetian glass blowers developed ways in which to use the tools of their trade to create magnificent glass beads. Using the various canes of color and pattern that would typically be incorporated into paperweights or vases, these artists instead rolled the canes into tubes and cut them to create richly designed beads

Recommended Items at Auction

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Vintage Sterling Sterling Bead Bracelet
Oct 26, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Sterling Sterling Bead Bracelet
by Mebane Antique Auction
Est: $10- $1,000
$216 Bids
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Est: $40- $1,000
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Erte "Le Soleil" Painted Bronze Sculpture 2/300
Oct 30, 11:30 AM EDT
Erte "Le Soleil" Painted Bronze Sculpture 2/300
by Joshua Kodner
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0001 Bid
2 Indian Bracelets
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
2 Indian Bracelets
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
(4) Indian Bracelets
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
(5) Indian Sterling Bracelets
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
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Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
5 Indian Bracelets
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
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12 BEAD & GLASS STONE BRACELETS
Oct 28, 9:30 AM AEST
12 BEAD & GLASS STONE BRACELETS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD101 Bid
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania glass trade beads
Oct 27, 9:00 AM EDT
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania glass trade beads
by Pook & Pook, Inc.
Est: $400- $500
$2001 Bid
Rare New York Opaque Glass Trade Beads
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
Rare New York Opaque Glass Trade Beads
by Old Barn Auction
Est: $40- $1,000
$201 Bid
Ancient Roman Glass Shard Sterling Silver Bracelet
Nov 13, 2:00 PM EST
Ancient Roman Glass Shard Sterling Silver Bracelet
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $150- $250
$1000 Bids
Sterling bead hematite bracelet
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Sterling bead hematite bracelet
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $35- $65
$250 Bids
Jasper carved skull bead
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
Jasper carved skull bead
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $50- $95
$400 Bids
Hematite Woven Beaded Bangle Bracelet
Oct 28, 10:00 AM EDT
Hematite Woven Beaded Bangle Bracelet
by Showplace
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
8in. Custom Bloodstone&Sterling Silver Bracelet
Oct 30, 9:00 AM CDT
8in. Custom Bloodstone&Sterling Silver Bracelet
by Old Stuff For You
Est: $80- $150
$800 Bids
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Bernstein-Zugarmband, B.: 3,2 cm
Oct 29, 11:00 AM CEST
Bernstein-Zugarmband, B.: 3,2 cm
by Auktionshalle Cuxhaven
Est: €0- €0
€50 Bids
A lapis lazuli, cultured pearl, and eighteen karat gold bracelet with similar ear clips
Oct 28, 12:00 PM EDT
A lapis lazuli, cultured pearl, and eighteen karat gold bracelet with similar ear clips
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Est: $5,000- $7,000
$2,6000 Bids
Six Piece Lot to include 2 turquoise nugget necklaces and one bracelet, along with three bead necklaces
Oct 30, 10:00 AM EDT
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Est: $250- $450
$1250 Bids
OVER 20-PIECE LOT OF MOSTLY CA. 1890S MOURNING
Nov 13, 10:00 AM EST
OVER 20-PIECE LOT OF MOSTLY CA. 1890S MOURNING
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Est: $500- $700
$2500 Bids
Retro NO Dyed Coral Bracelet
Oct 26, 2:00 PM EDT
Retro NO Dyed Coral Bracelet
by Intervendue
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$8000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Beaded Bracelets


Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

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