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A Brief History of Our Pre-Columbian Beads

Our rare beads come from ancient Mesoamerican Mexico. Our collection consists of ceramic, stone, and greenstone beads from Guerrero, from 200 BC to 200 AD. Also included are shell beads, copper bells, and other copper items from Colima, from 200 BC to 1400 AD. A few of our copper bells retain rare traces of ancient textiles from the Mesoamerican period. Some of our shell beads can be traced back to the Zapotec culture from Oaxaca, from 500 AD to 900 AD. Ceramic spindle whorls and obsidian, natural volcanic glass, come from the Mixtec Era from 1200 to 1400 AD. Maya turquoise beads date back to 600 to 800 AD. Miniature ceramic animal and human figures have origins in the Chupicuaro culture, from 200 BC to 200 AD and from the Jalisco culture, from 200 BC to 1400 AD.

Some of our beads were worn as earflares and nose ornaments in ancient times. Carved shell and stone objects, which now have been repurposed as rings and pendants, were used as atlatl holders, essential parts of ancient weapons. An atlatl was an ancient Aztec spear thrower. A few of our necklaces consist of central pendants, once "pulidors", tools used in ancient times to polish stone objects. Several of our necklaces contain obsidian "razors", once tools used by the Aztecs. A number of our obsidian pendants probably served as shamans' mirrors and ceremonial or divination objects in ancient times.

Our collection once belonged to an archeologist who collected these Pre-Columbian beads in the 1950's and 1960's. The jewelry has been examined, researched, and appraised by a Pre-Columbian expert who authenticated the beads.