You can bet that the world’s first beaded necklace was simple. It was likely nothing more than a few stones or shells strung together. We’ve come a long way in terms of style. But not much has changed in the creation. It’s still a slow process that involves adding one bead at a time. One after another after another after another. It’s a timeless art that demands infinite patience and precision.
One look at our Bandar Glass Bead Collection will tell you that it was well worth the wait. Crafted by artists drawing on centuries of tradition, it is a stylish modern take on a very old-fashioned idea. Ancient Romans perfected the art of glass beads. The tiny treasures became important currency for explorers during the Age of Discovery. They traded the beads for everything from exotic materials and spices to precious metals. When the European beads reached the shores of Indonesia, they revolutionized the island’s jewelry traditions. Few materials were more prized and soon Indonesia’s most exceptional glass beads were considered more valuable than gold.
Think of this necklace as a direct descendant of generations of jewelry history. Handcrafted in Indonesia, our Bandar Necklace features 20 individual strands, each containing a near-countless wealth of gorgeous, golden-hued glass beads. The dramatic 36" length lays beautifully with a rich look and a lightweight feel. Twist it like a torsade or let it simply swoop. The Bandar secures with a beaded toggle closure. The companion Bandar Glass Bead Cuff showcases a crisscross design of beadwork in an accomodating and flexible design. Together these pieces conjure images of faraway lands and a lost island paradise. But they also echo with a smart sense of fashion and global style. Once you see them up close, you’ll realize that there are a thousand little reasons to be impressed. Once you wear them, you’ll understand why, after hundreds of years, the bead still goes on.