Metals & Vintage Beads
Origin of our Gold
Gold stands out for its luminosity and richness. We use 14k gold, which is recycled and uniquely produced by our goldsmith. Our gold is tactile and comforting to the touch and each piece we use is solid and not hollowed out.
Resilience. Purity. Compassion.
Origin of our Sterling Silver
Sterling silver was being used for trade and commerce in continental Europe as early as the 12th century. Sterling silver is an alloy of silver containing 92.5% by weight of silver and 7.5% by weight of other metals, usually copper. Our silver is 100% recycled and sourced sustainably.
Patience. Balance. Healing.
Origin of our Copper
The great conductor. Copper is known to transport, connect and amplify energy. It assists in opening new connections while providing enhanced connectivity to both internal and external energy sources. Our copper comes from recycled sources.
Connection. Strength. Protection.
About Our Precious Metals
Produced by our network of goldsmiths and silversmiths, all of our precious metals are recycled, and each piece is hallmarked individually by hand in London, England.
We include a polishing cloth with items made from precious metal to help you protect and preserve the lustre of your accessories.
Glass Goomba Trade Beads
Origin of our Glass Goomba Trade Beads
Goomba beads are formed from porcelain and were made during the 19th and early 20th centuries in West Africa, particularly Nigeria.
They carry the energy from the connections they’ve enabled by being passed from hand to hand through inter-continental trade since the early 1800s. Goomba beads can be worn as a calming influence and as a reminder to stay grounded, thus empowering a balanced life.
The age and history of the beads make each piece distinct and full of character.
Connection. Grounding. Prosperity.
Glass Snake Vertebrae Beads
Origin of our Glass Snake Vertebrae Beads
Our vintage, interlocking snake vertebrae beads were made in the early to mid-1900s in Europe by Czech, German and some French producers as trade beads.
Real snake vertebrae have been used in Africa for centuries due to their powerful symbolism. It was this significance that inspired European glassmakers to develop moulded glass versions to use as trade beads from the early 1900s.
Trade beads were first introduced into Africa by Arab traders as early as the 12th and 14th centuries and later by the Portuguese in the 16th -18th centuries.
For us, the snake vertebrae glass beads also represent a wonderful early example of ethical replacement.
Awareness. Transformation. Evolution.
Snakes have a multitude of meanings in folklore. They are believed to evoke creative lifeforce and are said to have the strength to transform, whether that’s through spiritual awakening, death and rebirth, or simply transitioning from one stage of life to another.
Snake symbolism can be a reminder of an important transition you have already navigated, one you are going through or even a simple but powerful reminder that in life, transitions are a constant.
About Our Vintage Beads
Our hand-carved beads, as well as our antique and vintage trade beads, are durable but may chip if knocked too hard. We provide a soft polishing cloth that can be used to clean our beads; a tiny bit of soap and warm water can be utilised to gently remove any substance from the beads, if necessary. As with all of Atlas Accessories’ designs, our beads are created to be worn in all conditions so you can easily just wash them with you when you take a shower.