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.