Did you know that glass beads have been around for over 5,000 years? Glass beads were considered valuable and used in burial tombs in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. When Marco Polo returned to Italy from Asia he brought back glass beads of Asia. Glass beads were not only made for jewelry but were used for trading as well. The Island of Manhatten was traded for glass beads. By the 18th century, the weekly output of the Venetian factories was more than twenty tons of finished beads. During the 19th century, Northern Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic) became a strong rival to Venice. Bohemia lead the world in glass bead production, especially in the “Art Deco” design. From this region came the most famous design firm called Swarovski. The 20th century brought Japan into the market taking away from Venice and the Czech Republic. Today China is a major player in the industry.
With the designs of our unique glass bead jewelry you won’t have to travel the world. All our jewelry is hand made by women in poor regions of the world so they can provide for their families and give them valuable job skills.