Bead Library: Pearls

Freshwater Pearls: The Worlds Water Gem by Grace McNabb
This is an informational article on modern pearls. ... read this article
Pearls from Arabia to India and China by Beverly Fernandes
In China the Manchu dynasty preferred freshwater pearls from their ancestral homeland, while in India the men and women of the Mogul Court decked themselves in as many pearls as they could find. ... read this article
Pearls: More Than Meets the Eye by Beverly Fernandes
Only 1 in 10,000 oysters will produce a natural pearl, but Kokichi Mikimoto learned how to entice the oysters into making pearls on demand. ... read this article
The History of Pearls in the Middle East and Europe by Beverly Fernandes
Every culture that has known of pearls valued them. The Greeks and Romans considered them "the tears of water nymphs or angels". In the Middle Ages they were even used in medicines. ... read this article

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In Harlequin's bead library you will find information on the history of beads, how beads are made and how beads have been used throughout the world.

Many articles include a bibliography to provide you with additional resources. Many of the beading books referenced are available at your local library, and we offer a number of books on beads and beading in our inventory.

We invite you to occasionally revisit this section of our website, as we are always expanding our collection of beading articles.

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If there's a beading topic that you'd like to know more about, or you have ideas for our beading library - we'd love to hear from you. Email us your topic or idea and we'll pass your suggestions along to our writers.

If you've written a beading article yourself that you feel would be a valuable addition to our bead library, we welcome your email, as well.
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