Entries by Lori Steel

Beads in Africa 2: Their Uses

Long before the “fidget spinner” was created as a way to alleviate anxiety, the Greeks used worry beads for relaxation, as an amulet and by those trying to break an addiction. Let’s explore the uses for beads from cultures around the world.

Beads in Africa 1: Materials and Origin

In African culture, beads are revered as highly symbolic, and the materials used to make beads have varied from natural materials such as eggshell, clay, twigs, stones, ivory and bone to glass beads that were introduced later by traders from Europe, India and the Middle East. The origin of beads and beadwork in Africa can be traced back at least 12,000 years, and continue to play an integral role in everyday life.

The History of Beadmaking

Over the next few weeks I will be doing a series on the history of bead making and the significance of beads in a variety of cultures from all over the world. This week we explore the long history of bead making. Where it came from, and how much it has (and hasn’t) changed in the last 500 years.

What is Lampwork?

The term “lampwork” is derived from the Venetian process “a lume” which means at the lamp, where in centuries past, they used the heat from an oil lamp to melt the glass. work the hot glass in a flame, or “flame working”. Today, we use torches that blend both fuel and oxygen, resulting in a much hotter flame and better control.

Jewellery Cards for Gift Giving

Fine jewellery is the perfect gift for the special person in your life. See how I present gift packages of bracelets, necklaces, and earrings, specifically chosen to capture the unique style of that special someone.