I remember going to an exhibition of work by Frida Kahlo and finding the information about her completely fascinating, deep and exotic. A couple of photographs of her, and some self portraits stick in my mind - one of her holding a small primitive stone carving and others showing her wearing large unusual jewellery.
Stone Bead Pendant
Stone Bead Necklace
On closer inspection I find that some of these bracelets and necklaces were made of stone. These early Americas, Pre-Columbian/Pre-Hispanic adornments are utterly beautiful and seem imbued with knowledge, language, cultures, rituals and the arts. Beads date back many thousands of years and have always been important decoratively, symbolically and socially.
I now know what to do with all my stone chips and off-cuts!
Images from Old Beads