Glass beads, c. 1700 A.D. Glass beads, c. 1700 A.D. Copyright Victoria and Albert Museum, London, acc. no. 4551:3-1901.

A bead is a small object that is pierced for threading, stringing or weaving. Beads can be made of any material, the most common being glass, metal, plastic, seeds, stone or wood. Beads come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes.

See also: bugle beads; glass bead finishesJob's Tears; seed beads.

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