The history of beads in closely tied up with the history of the African continent. Many were created by Europoeans who then traded them for the treasures of Africa. Known as "African trade beads"- beads such a venetian millefiori beads, chevron beads, resin and metal beads all have a story to tell. Many have been haded down from one generations to the next. These days old beads are increasinlgy hard to find and so are appreciating considerably in value.