Glass Beads Collection, Allard Pierson Museum Amsterdam

October 21, 2009 | No Comments

Glass beads have always been attractive and so important to the Trade Routes.

I love glass beads, coming from everywhere around the world. And from ancient times on shipped to other continents because of their beauty, and off-course due to fact that they are easy to handle for trade (like gemstones & golden jewels, buckles etc.). Although right now it’s very hard to tell whether a glass bead is really authentic, due to the fact that it’s an artificial product and can easily be copied, there’s a lot of information known about glass beads. So if the model of the bead is identical to that one you see in a certain book it doesn’t say that the bead you own/see in front of you is genuine at all.

The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam has a very big beads collection. The museum collection includes the beads collection of Dr. W.G.N. van der Sleen (1886-1967), approx. 20.000 beads; his “study collection” coming from all over the world, amongst others “The Trade Wind Beads” and “The Phoenician head beads”, very impressive . He studied them on scientific level and wrote a handbook.

For more information, please take a look at: collections/special collections/the beads collection of Dr. van der Sleen), English written as well. 

And if you would like to read a book about beads then I would suggest “The History of Beads, from 100.000 BC to the present”, by Lois Sherr-Dubin (ISBN 978-0-8109-5174-7).


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Margriet Sopers

Margriet Sopers, FGA

Having a diploma in jewellery, FGA and a propaedeutic of the Academy of Art followed-up by interesting years as a jewellery expert at Sotheby's & Gemeentelijke Krediet Bank, as well as being a member for years of the Society of Jewellery Historians, I am glad to share with you today's world of jewellery.

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