|How to Choose a Bead Necklace
A Practical Guide
Choosing and taking care of your bead necklaces
Whenever you have to choose a bead necklace for buying or just for wearing, a lot of questions arise even if you are unaware of it.
These pages intend to be your guide.
As long as humanity exists, there are beads, and bead necklaces can even be considered as an expression of being human. Thus, that deep inner voice, longing for decorating ourselves with bead necklaces is most probably inborn and exists among all people all over the world.
This guide is written as a book and there is some logic in the order of the chapters, but every chapter can be read separately, as you like.
Shall we get started?
The First Steps
Whenever you stand in front of a lot of bead necklaces, in a luxury shop or on a busy market or just in front of your own necklaces box at home, do not panic but just ask yourself some questions:
If it is intended for somebody else (in most cases that somebody else will be a she) what is her taste, does she has a favorite color, what are the colors of her skin, hair and eyes. Try to remember the body configuration of that other person. Is she tall or small, thick or thin. A very delicate necklace for a big woman makes her a giant, a very big necklace for a fragile women makes her a clown.
In short: Who will be the lucky owner of the necklace? What are her body configuration, age and preferred materials. Pay attention to style, color, length and weight of the necklace and to its price of course.
When you have decided to buy a necklace, do as follows:
Set some necklaces you like aside and in case it will be yours, put it on and have a critical look into a mirror. In most cases the seller will have no objection and is eager to help you with the closure. No more frustration than nervous hands who are unfamiliar with the clasp and you will refrain from trying it on (or damage the necklace, oh no).
"beads" in other languages
Cherished bead materials like pearls and coral have lent their names to the word for bead in many languages. In German the word for bead is perle - perlen, in French perle - perles, in Spanish perla - perlas to mention a few.