"How nice all these memories kept alive with lovely pieces. What a thought. And it has become a warm artistic looking piece. Congratulations. And than to think that you really found many of these beads just in the sand. Very special!"
Thirty seven years ago I found a bead in the Sahara sands,( the black thin round one on the upper right) I added it to an amulet leather cord given to me by a woman in exchange of a small tunisian silver bead.I lived for a long time in North Africa…
Yes, we do have in Israel the use of cloves as scented beads. They are used among the Bedouin who live around me. I put such a necklace on my site on the internet.
Since about twenty years I design, restore and collect bead necklaces. As I feel very lonely in my village in the Negev desert in Israel with this hobby, I started a site on the internet to inform the public en large about all kind of aspects of bead necklaces. (no selling!) The site is based on a huge library I compiled during these years. It is still under construction and texts and photographs are currently being revised. The site has several purposes: General information, (hidden) tips for those who make necklaces and finally it will teach people about the different necklaces over different places and times. One of the chapters is about bead necklaces as cosmetics:
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