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Welcome!

Welcome!

Please contact us by phone or email to place your order!

Tel: 713.254.3615 or info@tradewindsjunction.com

Explore our pure, luxury jewelry created through the fusion of timeless elegance and superb craftsmanship. Trade Winds Junction Incorporated is known for its exciting but classic style which combines the antique with the contemporary. Our signature handmade, beaded jewelry designs transcend time and passing trends.

Trade Winds Junction Incorporated brings you irreplaceable, antique African trade beads and old ethnic jewelry from the four winds . . . In the spirit of excellence, these exquisite, old trade beads are incorporated into tailored and sophisticated jewelry pieces designed to be worn with formal attire. Each of our beaded jewelry pieces is unique!

Beads of Africa

West African Tiv Hair Beads   Akoso-Bodom Beads   Mali Whorls with Antique Silver   

Our ethnic jewelry has traveled hundreds of years and graced owners across multiple continents. We hope you will cherish and enjoy our handmade beaded jewelry as much as their previous owners have.

HISTORY

Welcome to the history and the mystery of our sophisticated jewelry!

The first beads were perhaps made by nature - a convenient hole in a river-washed or shore pebble - which made it easy to thread. The earliest known beads, made of mammoth teeth, were found in La Quina, France where Neanderthal people lived 38,000 years ago, but man-made beads did not appear in quantity until around 31,000 B.C. It is thought that the first beads may have been worn as talismans, fertility symbols, for adornment, for personal identity or used as grave offerings. . . Beads are still worn for many of the same reasons today. . . Across history, glass (or faince) is the most common material used to make beads. The use of glass dates back to the twenty-first century B.C. in Egypt.

Many of the beads we use at Trade Winds Junction Incorporated come from the Age of European Expansion, 1500 to 1850 A.D. European glassmakers mass-produced huge quantities of glass beads which were then carried by explorers and traders to the farthest reaches of our globe.

European Beads

Bohemian Glass "Duck's Blood"   Green King Beads   Venetian Fancy Florals Yellow

Rare Venetian Stripes   Venetian Vatican King Beads    Venetian Chevrons 

The major centers of bead production at this time included Italy (Venice), Holland, and Bohemia and Moravia (present day Czechoslovakia). Although glass factories existed in the Baltic, France, Switzerland, Italy, Germany, England, Belgium, and Spain, Venetian glassmakers dominated the global market in diversity, volume and quality until the twentieth century. Today, there are some wonderful modern, handmade beads coming out of Africa. To highlight a few, some of these new beads reflect intricate wirework and the use of recycled glass and old beads.

The majority of trade beads have traveled circuitous routes, and unraveling their origins back along the trade routes can be both complicated and thrilling. We hope you enjoy our complete spectrum of African trade beads and luxury jewelry. Thank you!

Embrace the mystery, veiled in time, of beads!