Beads are fascinating. They can help to create wonderful wearable collectable art. Beads come in a large variety of shapes and colors from many different parts of the world. Some examples of glass beads are Czech Republic faceted beads, American furnace beads and Venetian millefiore beads. And of course, Austrian crystal glass beads and pearls made by the famous Swarovski company. Ceramic beads come from places like Peru, India and Greece. They come in different shapes and have delicate painted designs. Semi-precious beads have been worn for their beauty and used for trading throughout our history. Turquoise, lapis lazuli, malachite, and many more. Organic beads made from pearls, wood, shell, bone, nuts and seeds are the oldest beads around. Beaded jewellery is one of the oldest forms of wearable art.