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An ancient form of currency and tooth replacement, beads are an integral component of modern jewelry. Today’s Groupon opens up a world of aesthetic potentiality with $30 worth of beads and beading supplies at Rockin’ Beads for $15. Let the bedazzlement begin and let the era of debedazzlement end.
From its beginnings as an online store, Rockin’ Beads has taken its tangible products back into the physical world with the opening of its Aurora store constructed from brick, mortar, calk, and two heaping fistfuls of beads. Seeing a wide selection of beads, stones, and settings online is an experience only as wide as your computer screen, but seeing a 20-foot wall lined with more than a thousand decorative pieces has caused numerous awe-induced fainting spells.
The possibilities for beading are tremendous with vast collections of cabochons, cloisonné beads, Czech Druk bead strands, gemstones, natural beads, and more. With semi-precious bead strands starting at $1.50, Preciosa crystal beads starting at $1, and delica beads running $2.79 and more, there’s a good deal of beadage to add to your arts-and-crafts arsenal as you mix and match to your content. Chains, necklaces, clasps, and tools are in stock to serve as the foundation for your bead inspiration.
Document your current taste in color, shape, and size with beads that reflect your artistic point of view, beads that remind you of your favorite family members, beads that make you think of food, or beads that simply capture your love of professional basketball players.
Early Beaders: The Druids
Beads have been used by numerous ancient societies, including the most secretive of all: the Druids. This magical race left no written records because they could communicate using a physical language composed of arm movements and bird-flight interpretations. The Druids are thought to have used beads as a currency to pay for therapy to deal with their Oedipal issues, which were widespread because their mothers were so attractive.
Druids also used beads for ceremonial purposes during their annual Festival of Eye Contact and twice-yearly Bead Swallowing Contests. Valuable beads were used to propose marriage and less valuable beads were used to propose divorce, which was common due to unresolved Oedipal issues. Archeologists today find only a small number of Druid beads but a surprisingly large number of teeth.
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