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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: 12.1 x 9.2 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #300,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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This is a beautiful book with great pictures.
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Very good educational information on bead origin, history and use.
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What a treasure Lois Sherr Dubin has given us!
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Honey Levin on November 10, 2009
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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.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bead Traveler on March 3, 2010
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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!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By wordgarden on October 26, 2010
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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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Veronica Ramirez on April 22, 2010
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I am chilean and I never saw a book like this. I am recently interested in beads and this is a wonderful way to became a beadlover.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By soozy on January 20, 2012
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzana Sacchi Padovano on December 23, 2011
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa on May 9, 2013
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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.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Whittaker on January 15, 2013
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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.
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