Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your email address or mobile phone number.

Buy New
$49.68
Qty:1
  • List Price: $80.00
  • Save: $30.32 (38%)
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
The History of Beads: Fro... has been added to your Cart
Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for $24.30
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition Hardcover – November 1, 2009

4.7 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews

See all 2 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$49.68
$45.97 $43.80

Darkness Fair
Darkness Fair
Against the backdrop of an ancient battle between the forces of Light and the forces of Darkness, Aidan struggles to control the newly awakened and enigmatic powers that seem to be his only hope for rescuing Ava, his little sister, trapped somewhere beyond the Veil. Paperback | Kindle book | See more for Teen and Young Adult readers
$49.68 FREE Shipping. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

  • The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition
  • +
  • Beads of the World (Schiffer Book for Collectors)
  • +
  • A Bead Timeline, Vol. I: Prehistory to 1200 CE
Total price: $94.58
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Once a classic, always a classic. And better, when it’s substantially revised and updated. Dubin elevates her 22-year-old labor of love with major additions to her first chapter (thanks to archaeological finds in Peru and Georgia) and her last, with contemporary bead combinations worthy of a museum collection. Her scholarship is impeccable, as are the maps illustrating every period’s gem/bead sources. Natural jeweled wonders of the world—amber and pearls—occupy their own chapters; so do every major continent and special bead chronology. Plenty of full-color photographs populate every chapter, allowing readers to read the pictures (and learn the story) without benefit of words. Don’t forget the eight-page gatefold (plus four indexes) showing the time line of beads throughout history. Still a champion two decades later. --Barbara Jacobs

About the Author

Lois Sherr Dubin has collected and researched beads for over 50 years. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in landscape architecture and a strong background in ecology. Her international practice in this field enabled her to travel widely and to obtain beads from many countries. The History of Beads was her first book. She lives in New York City.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Image
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at Audible.com. If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at ACX.com.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; Rev Exp edition (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810951746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810951747
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #349,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
What a treasure Lois Sherr Dubin has given us! In these turbulent and uncertain times, her latest book enables us to become enmeshed in the fascinating world of extraordinary beads while we leave our strife behind.

We travel the circuitous routes of trade from ancient Mesopotamia to Egypt and the Indus Valley from 2500 BC to 1600 BC; from 7500 BC to 1800 BC we read of the trade from Southeast Asia to the South Pacific. The Roman World, Europe, Asia, The Far East, North and South America--all are mapped in full color with dates and exact designations of beads that were transported among the cultures of each era and area.To accompany these maps, the author goes into great detail not only about the beads themselves but of the relationships they played in the religious, economic and cultural lives of each group.

Included is an exquisite eight page fold-out illustrating the historical panorama of beads. We are treated to over 400 photographs of dazzling beaded ornaments from the earliest times to present day. Especially exciting are the inventive and unique necklaces and bead work from contemporary artists. The photography is astounding; to view it is to have a definitive sensuous experience.

This updated version of the 1987 "History of Beads" begins with the very latest discovery of the world's oldest beads--approximately 108,000 BC at Skhul Cave on Mount Carmel in present day Israel "at about the time Homo Sapiens populations were replacing the Neanderthals and developing new and more complex cultures." The Skhul Cave beads were actually made of shell. This find is of immense importance as some scholars believe that "by at least 100,00 BC Homo Sapiens evolved in Africa and started expanding into other regions.
Read more ›
2 Comments 35 of 35 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is a visual feast as well as an authoritative history of beads. It has given me a greater appreciation of the richness and value of the beading making tradition. While I don't collect antique beads, I think it's important for the modern day jewelry maker, bead maker, bead vendor, etc. to understand the history of bead patterns and materials. Ms. Dubin's book is simply wonderful!
Comment 14 of 14 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is a beautiful book with great pictures. For a jewelry maker like me, it's a great resource for info and ideas. I made an exact copies of some Tibetan earrings pictured in the book, and people always compliment me on them.

It's amazing to see the craftsmanship that was put into jewelry thousands of years ago and
that many jewelry styles we wear today are so similar, if not exactly the same, as ancient designs.

I had taken this book out of the library a few times, but decided I wanted my own copy for reference and enjoyment.
Comment 9 of 9 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am chilean and I never saw a book like this. I am recently interested in beads and this is a wonderful way to become a beadlover.
Comment 7 of 7 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By soozy on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my granddaughter for Christmas, read the whole book before I gave it to her, kept that book and bought her another one. It is as much a history book as it is an outstanding chronicle on beads in every culture. Well worth the cost.
Comment 4 of 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I am an industrial designer and a jewellery maker and although not a bead collector this book is an huge source of information. It is beautifully edited and designed with astonishing photographs and deep content. I have almost all the books on the subject but this one is the most fantastic one.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book is just what the title says it is: a history of beads around the world. Gives types, materials, places, times and purposes. Might get design ideas but this is not a how-to book. Wonderful fold-out timeline.
Comment 3 of 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Probably the most comprehensive reference on one of the oldest artifacts of cognitive everyman, from 100,000 years ago to the present -- the beautiful, mysterious, tactile, fascinating and irrepressible BEAD. Every bead owner and collector must have this revised and expanded edition, even if you own the original version of some 25 years ago.
Comment 2 of 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition
This item: The History of Beads: From 100,000 B.C. to the Present, Revised and Expanded Edition
Price: $49.68
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

Want to discover more products? Check out these pages to see more: rosary makers, morbid jewelry, rosary belts, the ancient beads, cartier jewelry, chanel necklaces