Lampworking can be traced back as early as the fifth century BC, but became widely popular in fourteenth century Italy. Since then, the popularity and scope of the craft has increased significantly, and many bead weavers use lampwork beads in their creations. Because they are made by hand, one by one, lampwork beads are often one of a kind. This makes them ideal centerpieces for necklaces and bracelets.
Using lampwork beads in jewelry is a wonderful way to add a pop of color or interesting shape to a piece that would usually considered plain or ordinary. Larger lampwork beads can be used as the foundation of more elaborate collars or beaded hairpieces, and smaller ones can add interest to bracelets or even steal the spotlight as unique earrings.
Lampwork beads are not uniform by design-- it is very difficult to create two beads that look exactly the same by hand-- so finding a unique bead that speaks to your personality is easy. An artist can choose what colors to use and how to use them, creating one-of-a-kind designs to be the feature point of any piece of jewelry. Crystals and gemstones might add a flash of shine, but are ultimately uniform and don't do much more than shimmer. Lampwork beads can be a very interesting conversation piece that showcases your personality and individual style more fully than a dime-a-dozen piece of jewelry.
Beautiful, fun, and unique, Lampwork beads are hands-down the way to go if you want a quirky piece of art to wear. Big or small, these hand-crafted bobbles will go a long way in showing off your individuality. Contact us to browse or purchase lampwork bead strands, or jewelry creations that feature them.