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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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14K GOLD & STERLING SILVER BEAD BRACELET FILIGREE
Dec 04, 10:00 AM EST
14K GOLD & STERLING SILVER BEAD BRACELET FILIGREE
by Imperial Auction
Est: $300- $400
$706 Bids
SIC STERLING SILVER & 14K GOLD Toggle Bracelet
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
SIC STERLING SILVER & 14K GOLD Toggle Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $30- $60
$64 Bids
Natural Faceted Stone Beaded Buddha Bracelet
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Natural Faceted Stone Beaded Buddha Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$203 Bids
14K Lapis Lazuli Ladies' Bracelet.
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CST
14K Lapis Lazuli Ladies' Bracelet.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $100- $200
$603 Bids
Sterling Breast Cancer Charm Beaded Bracelet
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Sterling Breast Cancer Charm Beaded Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $80
$12 Bids
8 inch coral and turquoise vintage bracelet
Dec 14, 6:00 PM CST
8 inch coral and turquoise vintage bracelet
by Easterly Auction Company
Est: $250- $1,250
$122 Bids
SILVER AND TURQUOISE BRACELET LOT 670
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
SILVER AND TURQUOISE BRACELET LOT 670
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$122 Bids
Turquoise Style Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Turquoise Style Beaded Stretch Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$11 Bid
Polished Amethyst Chunk Bracelet.
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CST
Polished Amethyst Chunk Bracelet.
by Direct Auction Galleries, Inc.
Est: $50- $100
$251 Bid
14K Gold Petrified Wood Beaded Stretch Bracelets 4
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
14K Gold Petrified Wood Beaded Stretch Bracelets 4
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$11 Bid
Jasper Sterling Quartz Beaded Stretch Bracelet
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Jasper Sterling Quartz Beaded Stretch Bracelet
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$11 Bid
Pair Sterling & Glass Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Sterling & Glass Beaded Stretch Bracelets
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$11 Bid
Pair Sterling & Glass Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Sterling & Glass Beaded Stretch Bracelets
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $60
$11 Bid
Pair Wood Beaded Stretch Bracelets
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Pair Wood Beaded Stretch Bracelets
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $20- $40
$11 Bid
14k Gold Amethyst and Natural Pearls Bracelet LOT 1213
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
14k Gold Amethyst and Natural Pearls Bracelet LOT 1213
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$201 Bid
14k gold & angel skin coral bracelet
Dec 07, 11:00 AM EST
14k gold & angel skin coral bracelet
by Millea Bros Ltd
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
14kt. Gemstone Bracelet
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
14kt. Gemstone Bracelet
by Brunk Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1501 Bid
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 23, 1:00 PM CST
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
LAPIS AND TURQUOISE BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 23, 1:00 PM CST
LAPIS AND TURQUOISE BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 23, 1:00 PM CST
TURQUOISE AND RED CORAL BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
MIXED STONE BEAD BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 30, 1:00 PM CST
MIXED STONE BEAD BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
MIXED STONE BEAD BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 30, 1:00 PM CST
MIXED STONE BEAD BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
MIXED STONE BEAD BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 30, 1:00 PM CST
MIXED STONE BEAD BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids
MIXED STONE BEAD BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
Jan 30, 1:00 PM CST
MIXED STONE BEAD BRACELET ROCK STONE LAPIDARY SPECIMEN
by Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer
Est: $0- $0
$1000 Bids

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Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

Col. Christie Hatman, Auctioneer

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