Beads date all the way back to prehistoric times. Many ancient cultures used beads to denote wealth or social position, and some believed beads possessed magical qualities. Beading remains popular today, and several shops in Tucson offer classes along with beading supplies. Check out Strung Out On Beads (5460 E. Speedway Blvd. #B105, 520-323-6233) and DAH Rock Shop (3401 N. Dodge Blvd., 520-323-0781).