Gemstone beads are found in many sizes and shapes, commonly from 2mm - 40mm
Commonly in boxwood or sandalwood, these beads often teamed with netsuke are intricately carved.
Casting a shimmer and sparkle to many a garment, and pizzazz to costume jewellery, or interest to embroidery, these tiny beads have many uses.
Pearls and Facets
From Bohemia, where the sand is rich in silica (which gives quartz it' sparkle) these beads were made to mimick quality gems.
The first bead makers set up their workshops in the 14th century, having travelled it is thought from Venice, their beads have a quality to compare with the best.
A centuries old classic
When exiled to the Venetian islands, fleeing refugees became the best bead makers in the world
Cloisonné, Hill Tribe Silver and porcelain beads from the Far East.
Antique & Vintage
Found in North America and North Africa, these glass beads from Bohemia and Venice have a tale to tell ... if only they could talk