What are Blue Russian Trade Beads?

Graduated strand of Blue Russian Trade Beads

  More interest about one of my favorite subjects, Trade Beads, is always a treat for me.  I’ve received quite a few questions about Trade Beads in the last few months and have determined that we really need a blog post about them on Walker Goldsmiths not just on Active Artists . […] Read more »

Crazy ’bout them Reds Trade Bead Necklace

Crazy 'bout them Reds - Trade Beads

  Crazy ’bout them Reds – Trade Bead Necklace by Janet Walker at Walker Goldsmiths is a show stopper.  I’ve been making this stunner for a couple of years now and it never fails to please.  Something about those Reds, alright!  Guaranteed to cheer up anyone, especially welcome on a cloudy day, […] Read more »

Aleut Sunset Trade Bead Necklace

Aleut Sunset Trade Bead Necklace

                                      This Aleut Sunset Trade Bead Necklace by Walker Goldsmiths is a beautiful collection of trade beads reminiscent of a late summer sunset in the Aleutian Islands.  The Aleutians are amazing islands located […] Read more »

Trade Bead Elegance

Elegant Trade Beads

Trade Bead Elegance, ancient authentic Trade Beads collected and strung by Janet Walker.  This beautiful composition was wonderful fun to string up. The center Venetian Red faceted bead is the fantastic centerpiece.  The interesting story about these ancient Red Venetian Glass beads, other than individually made and hand faceted by little […] Read more »

“Salmon Caviar” Trade Bead Bracelet

Salmon Caviar Trade Bead Bracelet

This Trade Bead Bracelet is a beautiful combination of reds; Coral, Carnelian, Agates, Hudson’s Bay White Hearts, Amber, Jade and Czech Glass with an oval of Abalone Shell to give a nod to the sea, home of the delicious Salmon. I like to use black lip mussel shell buttons as […] Read more »

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 »

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 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 »