Beads Make the World Go Round

July 17, 2007 - July 24, 2008

Slinky, shiny, beautiful, durable and portable, these compelling qualities of beads have captivated people for millennia. The World Jewellery Museum presents the “Beads Make the World Go Round” revealing the evolution of the bead as an integral part of the history of mankind. The Museum is home to over 150 items of beaded jewellery and costumes from various cultures. The collection represents a wide range of socio-political values from both past and present cultures around the world. Most of these items belong to the core collections. Beads are miniature bundles of secrets waiting to be unwrapped. The appeal of spheres supersedes cultural differences. Can it be on a subconscious level, people are comforted by beads with their round shapes, shiny surfaces and resemblance to eyes? Or does pleasing physical sensation derived from the comforting tactility of beads contribute to their universal appeal? Whatever the verdict, once you become a fan of beads, everything starts to look like beads, even the blue planet that we live in!