Interesting Bead Trivia and a Resource for the Rest of Us

Jun 23, 2011

One of the reasons why I love beads and beadweaving and bead stitching and bead stringing (I'll quit while I'm ahead) is the long history behind beads and beadweaving. Beads are endlessly fascinating, and the stories behind the beads themselves can provide inspiration for endless numbers of beading projects.

I've always been interested in bead trivia, and back when I owned a bead shop, I celebrated our grand opening by posting signs with interesting tidbits of beady trivia all over the shop. For me, all of these interesting little facts and trivia just add to the whole reason why I fell in love with beads in the first place.  Here are a few trivia questions to test your beady knowledge.  No cheating, now!  Write down your answers and then check them at the bottom of the blog post!

Category 1: Swarovski crystals: Daniel Swarovski started out performing what job at his father's company?
Category 2: Gemstones: What gemstone was believed by ancient peoples to guard against drunkenness?
Category 3: Trade Beads: Which ancient civilization was the first to use glass beads to imitate semi-precious gemstones?
Category 4: Pearls: Which English queen was known as "The Pearl Queen"?  (She had over 60,000 of them sewn onto her gowns throughout her reign!)
Category 5: Hill Tribe Silver Beads: In which three countries are Hill Tribe silver beads made?


Now that you've written down your answers, if you're looking for some more practical information about your favorite beads, check out The Bead Directory in Interweave's annual Hurt Book Sale. Its packed full of useful information about your favorite beads and beads you didn't even know you needed! Each bead is pictured in full color and with suggestions for combining them with other beads.

Do you have a favorite bit of bead trivia?  Share it here on the blog!

Bead Happy!



Trivia question answers:

Category 1: Swarovski Crystals: Daniel Swarovki was a gem cutter for his father's business.

Category 2: Gemstones: Amethyst was believed to guard against drunkenness by the ancient Romans.

Category 3: Trade Beads: The ancient Egyptians were the first civilization to use glass beads to imitate semi-precious gemstones.

Category 4: Pearls: Elizabeth I (1533 - 1603) was known as "The Pearl Queen". She would have the pearls removed from each gown as it wore out and have them placed on a new gown.

Category 5: Metal Beads: Hill Tribe silver beads are made in Thailand, Laos and Burma.

Featured Products

Twice as Nice Necklace

Availability: In Stock
Price: $4.00


This double-strand design combines gorgeous gemstones


The Bead Directory The Complete Guide to Choosing and Using More than 600 Beautiful Beads

Availability: In Stock
Was: $24.95
Sale: $21.13


An exceptional resource for anyone who uses beads-from jewelry designers to crafters-this attractive and functional guide will instruct and inspire.


Related Posts
+ Add a comment


magdalen wrote
on Jun 25, 2011 9:20 AM

i'm part american indian and there is alot of natural product out in the world natives used for beads like stones, shells, feathers, wood, clay, birch bark, etc. what i work with is what the native americans used before trading for glass beads we dye them in many colors, they are hard to work with if you dont know how but produce beutiful works of art. porcupine quills.