Rice Bead Collection

Sterling Silver Rice Bead Collection

During the Colonial Period, South Carolina was the largest producer of rice in America. The crop arrived in the area around 1685, when a ship sailed off course from the Island of Madagascar.  Landing in Charleston for repairs, the Captain expressed his gratitude, by giving the Governor of the colony a handful of rice grains.  From then on, rice became a primary export of Charleston.  Today, rice still symbolizes Charleston's bountiful history and remains an iconic product to South Carolina.