Beaded jewelry is a trademark look for those enamored with the bohemian chic lifestyle.
Just imagine a long-haired beauty epitomized by the likes of Talitha Getty as she swans around a Moroccan-style courtyard wearing a paisley-print caftan and strand upon strand of beaded necklaces.
It’s easy to achieve this look. Beaded jewelry runs the gamut, from bracelets made from crystal, wood or glass beads, to opera-length necklaces that incorporate diamonds and precious gemstones. The common denominator among all beaded jewelry is that, well, it’s composed of beads, usually small round objects of glass, wood, stone, or the like, that are drilled with small holes and strung together on a chain or cord.
Often handmade, beaded jewelry is a staple of African and Native American cultures, which have a long tradition of using colorful beads to mark rituals and special occasions.
The fine jewelry industry has borrowed those traditions and updated them for the modern-day luxury consumer by creating bracelets, necklaces and other items of beaded jewelry featuring precious materials such as rough diamonds.
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A medallion-style pendant swinging from a beaded jewelry strand is one of summertime’s staple looks.
Come fall/winter 2009, a tangled mess of beaded jewelry will be the look to beat, thanks to fashion’s “everything goes” mentality.
Classic hoop earrings get a high fashion makeover as hot runway fashion trends, such as tribal chic, bring the hoop in the loop with materials like wood, beads and feathers. Beaded jewelry never looked this sleek.