"Perlen" is the German word for pearl. Since most languages other than English do not have a word for bead, the word for pearl is used. In Lithuanian you'll say karolis or coral for bead. You may need to be inventive when you ask the concierge of a foreign hotel to help you find a bead shop.
Bead collecting is a nearly perfect hobby, it has almost everything you could want
in a leisure-time activity: it is creative, historic, and scientific.
The cultural background for each bead or stone provides a learning
opportunity about our past. The glass-making and geology provide a learning opportunity about our earth. Beads are older
than money, date back to 10,000 BC, and are still traded today.
All that beading lacks is exercise. I recommend a half-hjhnour of Yoga before any beading session to clear the head and calm the body.