Basically, beaded bracelets are made of loose beads. These beads are put together by use of a string a wire, or an elastic band through their centre hole. Beaded bracelets have a rich history and some of them are still worn in most parts of the world for their cultural meanings, as charms and as a symbol of status. It all began more than 70,000 years ago when people started appreciating the beauty of beads and gems....
When and where did beaded bracelets begin?
Beaded bracelets are believed to have first been used in Ancient America. Ancient Americans used these bracelets to mark life stages in men and women. They were also used for ceremonies more than 70,000 years ago.
However, beaded bracelets could also have been first used in Africa. Up to date, most African cultures still use beaded bracelets, bangles and necklaces as symbols of class, age set, and much more. In African cultures, beaded bracelets have been used for as long as their people have existed. This is also reflected in Indian culture where beaded bracelets have held different cultural meaning for thousands of years and they still hold meaning up to today. Unlike other countries where beaded bracelets are worn just for their beauty, some Africans and Indians wear these bracelets for their cultural meaning.
What is the meaning of beaded bracelets?
Today, beaded bracelets are worn for their beauty and their value. You will find different gemstones being used for these bracelets making the bracelets with each gemstone having a different effect on your body. You can also have personalized bracelets to meet your sense of style and fashion.
Citrine gem is great when you need to soothe your anxiety. Tiger eye is used as a wealth symbol. Sunstone is thought to reduce stress; you can also use birthstone to keep your stress levels down. If you need inspiration or intuition, go for Amethyst. Ancient Egyptians used Garnet to symbolize passion, loyalty and love.
Onyx is common on beaded bracelets. The stone is believed to take away grief from its wearers. Onyx is also linked to happiness, good fortune, wisdom and protection. A Native American will wear these bracelets not for their meaning but for their beauty.
In African and Indian culture, among other cultures in the world that still use beaded bracelets for cultural meaning, beads are classified based on their colors. In most cases, red beads mean bravery and strength. Red also means unity seeing that it is the color of blood. Blue symbolizes energy and can also mean royalty in some cultures. In Africa, blue also represents the sky and water. Green represents land; it is also a symbol of good health. Orange and yellow are the colors of warmth, it is used to symbolize hospitality and is mostly given to guests. White is the color of purity and peace. In Africa, black symbolizes the people.
Do you know how to make bracelets with beads?
You can make ladies’, mens or womens beaded bracelets with a string and beads. These bracelets are handmade with a process as simple as making a knot, putting the beads making another knot after all the beads have been added.
The first step in making a beaded bracelet is to measure your wrist so you can estimate the number of beads that you will need. Beads come in different sizes with the smallest beads being good choices when you need to create a pattern. Cut the wire or string and leave an allowance of up to 5 inches. Use a knot or a clamp to close one end and string your beads to reach the end of the string. Finally, use a clasp to fasten the two ends. When you need to create a pattern, the process is longer. In Australia and other parts of the world, small beads are used to create a countries flag or country colors on a beaded bracelet.
Beaded can also be added on other types of bracelets such leather bracelets.