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Photography and Its Effects on Museums

I was doing a fair amount of reading this week and came across a chapter that discussed the overwhelming influence photography has had on art, history, and museums. You can see how it would have a large influence pretty easily, … Continue reading

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Black Beads

Black beads can be incredibly common or incredibly uncommon, depending on the region you are in. South Asian contexts tend to have more black beads than most places, and Victorian England had a lot of black beads. But they’re virtually … Continue reading

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Purple Beads

Purple beads are fairly rare in a large number of places, and they have been fairly rare for a long time. Even when looking at beads in a modern bead store, purple is not nearly as common as most other … Continue reading

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Blue Beads

Blue beads are probably the most difficult color category of beads, because there are so many variations of blue and many of those variations occur in beads. Go into any bead store and you will find a larger selection of … Continue reading

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Green Beads

Green is one of those colors that throws you for a loop when it comes to beads. Or at least, it does me. That’s partly because most beads that seem greenish are really primarily yellow or blue, and partly because … Continue reading

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Yellow Beads

You might think that the only yellow beads you could find are made of glass. And you would be partially correct, since you’re probably thinking of a bright yellow color like the one below. Most ancient beads of that color … Continue reading

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Orange Beads

Orange beads are surprisingly common in Asia and parts of Europe. In Asia, I see a lot of orange glass beads or terracotta beads, whereas in Europe, I see a lot of amber beads. Last week I talked about red … Continue reading

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Red Beads

Last week I started talking about monochrome beads. I’m going to have posts on the general colors we see in beads, and I promise I will try to make it not just about glass! I figured we’d start at the … Continue reading

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Beads in Space?

The currently unmanned Orion spacecraft, which will be used to take manned missions to Mars after 2020, was set to launch this morning. It had to cancel for today and will try again tomorrow morning due to issues with certain … Continue reading

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Recycled Glass Beads

There’s a lot of evidence in the archaeological record for using recycled glass to make new beads. You can largely tell based on any sort of streaking or marbling in the color of the glass that doesn’t look intentional. So … Continue reading

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