Jewelry making has been around for thousands of years, and the first discovered piece of jewelry is 100,000 years old. As a jewelry maker, you are in good company. The methods and materials we use to make jewelry now are the product of thousands of years of exchange and development. The first known examples of jewelry are from Africa and made from shells, and soon after we have found jewelry from Ancient Egypt in gold and gemstone designs. Egyptians favored extravagant designs and gold is malleable and easy to work with. As we have developed over time our taste in jewelry has evolved in many different ways. Now jewelry from precious and non-precious materials alike is popular, and handmade jewelry is especially well-loved. Find the essentials needed for making jewelry in our beads and jewelry making collection.