The Old and the Ancient: vintage Beadazzled & the history of African beads

Did you know that we used to run an ink-and-paper newsletter called “The Beadazzled Beadstringer”?  Its issues span the early 90s and cover topics from collecting to amulet meaning to then-current beading events.

Although these vintage Beadazzled articles recall a different era, they still offer highly relevant stories and information.  For instance, our September 1992 “Out of Africa” issue makes for a great read in light of our upcoming African Trunk Show!

Read on to learn the story of beads and adornment across the African continent — a history that includes long treks across the Sahara, legends of “gold [that] grows in the sand,” and an international bead trade whose legacy continues to shape our world today.

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