African Beads: Jewels of a Continent

Evelyn Simak and Carl Dreibelbis

Published by Africa Direct, 2010
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Synopsis: Although much attention has been focused on European glass beads imported into Africa, little information is available on beads made by the African peoples themselves. African Beads: Jewels of a Continent fills that void.

- Lois Sherr Dubin, author of The History of Beads

African Beads: Jewels of a Continent is the first book ever published to deal exclusively with African-made beads. In detailed chapters organized by material (bone and shell, wood and amber, stone, metal, glass) authors Evelyn Simak and Carl Dreibelbis trace the historical journey of bead making in Africa. Prefaced with an essay by Lois Sherr Dubin and accompanied by 163 color photographs, this magnificent book is a showcase for some of the rarest, most beautiful and most collectible beads in the world.

About the Author: Evelyn Simak is a freelance photographer from Norfolk, England, and the editor of bead-database.org, a global community dedicated to maintaining a free online reference source for bead lovers. Much of her free time is devoted to research, with indigenous African beads being one of her favorite areas of study. Her articles can be found on the Bead Database website and Wikipedia, and she has been published in Ornament Magazine and the Bead Society of Great Britain newsletters.

Carl Dreibelbis has been a collector of African beads since the early 1970s, and in that time he has assembled one of the premiere collections of rare African Bodom and Akoso beads. He has posted hundreds of entries on the Bead Collectors Network, an online bead forum. After thirty years in the corporate world, Carl now dedicates himself full-time to the world of collectible beads.

Lois Sherr Dubin is one of the most recognized and respected authorities on beads in the world. Since its publication in 1987, her first book, The History of Beads, has become the standard text on the subject for casual readers and experts alike. She lives in New York City and continues to research, lecture and write on a variety of topics related to beads and their history.

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Publication Date: 2010
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