Beads have always been an important part of trade and commerce for the tribes of North America. The oldest beads were made of natural materials like bone, shell, and stone. Europeans introduced glass beads to the western world as early as 1519. Although glass is popular due to the variety of colors, availability, and low cost, lapidary artists still continue to craft beads using natural resources. Add some earthy charm to your repertoire with this Jet, Turquoise & Bamboo Coral Beaded Necklace!