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.