As seen on CNN:
There were several interesting points made by Ghanaians interviewed in the story.
• Wearing beads is seen as enhancing one’s femininity.
• The Ghanaian bead industry is a good example of recycling. It turns soft-drink bottles into wearable art! (Learn about more recycled glass beads.)
• Each bead color has a traditional meaning: gold for wealth, blue for purity, and more.
Rings & Things’ confessed bead addict / owner, Russ Nobbs, had a few observations about the story:
“The multicolored beads shown in the video include a lot of ‘writing method’ beads where plain beads are decorated with ceramic colorants to resemble old European and African beads. This technique has expanded in both quality and variety in recent years.
“Powder glass beads are often referred to as ‘sand beads’ although they are not made from sand. Instead, they are made from crushed and powdered glass fused or sintered into beads. The powder glass industry is an important source of income for this area of Ghana.”
You’ll find plenty of glass African and trade beads in Rings & Things’ online store, as well as at our popular BeadTour bead shows. You may also enjoy our offerings of metal and natural-material beads from Africa!