Trade Bead Bracelets

A Collection of Trade Bead Bracelets

Walker Goldsmiths has made some Trade Bead Bracelets. We have an extensive collection of antique beads used during the Fur Trade Era in the Pacific Northwest, from Russian Siberia over to Alaska and down into all the North American Continent, that are beautiful and oozing with history.  These beads are not […] Read more »

Trade Beads and a Prehistoric Artifact

Artifact of Prehistoric Walrus Harpoon Head "Shaft Socket" with Blue and Green Trade Beads

Here at Walker Goldsmiths I love to create Trade Bead Jewelry especially with Prehistoric Artifacts, because Trade Beads are themselves artifacts from bygone eras. That’s not to say that they aren’t collected and sold and traded today, but they are more a beautiful historic curiosity than a currency of sorts. […] Read more »

Sharon’s Choice Trade Bead Necklace

Long Cobalt Russian and Venetian Fancy Trade Beads

I display Trade Beads on our Walker Goldsmiths website to introduce the collections that are for sale and to highlight some wonderful history.  I can say that each necklace that I’ve created is a collection of authentic antique beads with amazing histories. The posts here on Walker Goldsmiths and on activeartist.net […] Read more »

Raven Steals the Sun Amber Trade Bead Necklace is always a favorite

AmberTrade Bead Necklace Raven Steals the Sun

  I love making Bead Trade Necklaces and this one, Raven Steals the Sun, Amber Trade Bead Necklace, TB473, is right up there on Walker Goldsmiths favorites list. This 20 inch necklace is ALL Amber except for a few inches of small glass beads and the black lip shell button […] Read more »

Trade Beads and Artifact in Golden Colors

Yellow toned Trade Beads witth Bone Toggle Artifact

Walker Goldsmiths purchased a treasure of Artifacts from a trader that included some marvelous ancient Arctic worked Bone and Ivory pieces. The pieces are fragments of bone and ivory that were used by the natives for practical everyday items such as sled runners, bundle toggles, fish spear points, harpoon valve […] Read more »

Ancient Mastodon Lives On in Custom Necklace

Handcarved Sterling Lovebirds Pendant by Owen Walker with Blue Russian and Mastodon Beads

      Walker Goldsmiths was able to buy some beautiful Mastodon Ivory Beads from a trader a while back so I decided to use them to create a Custom Trade Bead Necklace.  The Mastodon Ivory came from ancient tusks unearthed by erosion  in Russian Siberia. I’ve always been crazy about Mastodon Ivory. […] Read more »

Blue Russian Trade Beads and Dentalium Shell are a Classic Combination

Russian Blue Trade Beads with Dentalium Shell in 20 inch necklace with earrings

                      Both Owen and I at Walker Goldsmiths are nuts about Trade Beads. We’ve been collecting, learning, trading and creating jewelry with trade beads for over 40 yrs. We’ve seriously focused on faceted Cobalt Blue Russians because we love the […] Read more »

Trade Bead Necklace TBA31 with Harpoon Head

Photo of Red and Black Trade Bead Necklace with Harpoon Head Pendant

Here’s a pretty Trade Bead necklace, TBA31, that celebrates the colors red and black, by Janet Walker.  I’ve created this necklace for the “Red and Black” show at the Stonington Gallery in Seattle this April.   From the Stonington Gallery posting; “Red and Black. Color brings vitality and depth to […] Read more »

Walker Goldsmiths Booth at the 2012 Seattle Gift Show

Photo of Walker Goldsmiths Booth 2012 Seattle Gift Show

Walker Goldsmiths did the Seattle Gift Show again this year and it’s been fun to see lots of old friends from AK and the lower 48.  We definitely noticed that the buying was slower and more cautious in volume and that folks are totally sick of having to be this […] Read more »