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    Pastel Yellow Vintage Czech Cylinder Beads (4x6mm)

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    Take a look at this lovely strand of Pastel Yellow Vintage Czech Beads. Originally made in Bohemia aka the Czech Republic these beads have a distin...

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    Lime Green Nepal Mala Bracelet

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    Malas are traditionally used in Buddhist culture as a part of the practice of meditation, however, today malas are enjoyed by people around the wor...

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    House Medley Round Fused Recycled Glass Beads (14mm)

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    These beautiful recycled glass beads are handmade by artisans in the West African country of Ghana. Each bead is individually handcrafted through a...

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    Yellow Nepal Mala Bracelet

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    Malas are traditionally used in Buddhist culture as a part of the practice of meditation, however, today malas are enjoyed by people around the wor...

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    Small Vintage Christmas Beads (Kintampo Medley)

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    Christmas beads comprise of a special blend of choice beads created in former Czechoslovakia for use in Africa. Also known as "African love beads,"...

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    Red African Bead Bracelet

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    This beautiful piece of jewelry designed and created by a local craftsman in Ghana. This bracelet was made by combining a unique combination of Afr...

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    Round Brass Ethiopian Beads (6-7mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of Ethiopian Brass Round Beads from Africa. Each bead is handmade individually. The strand is a long approx. 30", with b...

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    House Medley Krobo Beads

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    Beautiful strand of glass beads in a nice multicolor color. The strand has approximately 40-45 beads and measures 29" in length. Each bead measures...

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    Light Purple Nepal Mala Bracelet

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    Malas are traditionally used in Buddhist culture as a part of the practice of meditation, however, today malas are enjoyed by people around the wor...

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    Round White Metal Ethiopian Beads (8mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of Ethiopian White Metal Round Beads from Africa. Each bead is handmade individually. The strand is a long approx. 28", ...

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    Brass-Inlaid White Bone Mala Beads (8mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of handmade prayer beads made from bone, inlaid with brass, and strung as a 108-bead Mala. Each long strand is...

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    Premium Vintage Mixed Sandcast Beads

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    Take a look a this great medley of glass trade beads! These beads have been collected from various West African countries including Nigeria, Ghana,...

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    Mixed Vintage Christmas Beads (Bolgatanga Medley)

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    Christmas beads comprise of a special blend of choice beads created in former Czechoslovakia for use in Africa. Also known as "African love beads,"...

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    Round Brass Ethiopian Beads (8mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of Ethiopian Brass Round Bicone from Africa. Each bead is handmade individually. The strand is a long approx. 28", wi...

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    Jumbo Baby Blue Recycled Glass Beads (23mm)

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    Take a look at this exceptionally large strand of jumbo-sized blue recycled glass beads. Large beads such as these are hard to find and even harder...

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    White Round Sandcast Beads (14mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of white sandcast beads from Ghana, West Africa. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been ...

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    Jungle Medley Patterned Mini Terracotta Beads

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    Admire these terracotta beads which are hand-patterned, inspired by traditional motifs. If you look closely you will see the unique multi-color ton...

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    Rose Medley Krobo Beads

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    Beautiful strand of glass beads in a nice multicolor color. The strand has approximately 53 beads and measures 29" in length. Each bead measures 10...

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    Premium Black Tribal Krobo Beads (12x11mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Hot Pink Nepal Mala Bracelet

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    Malas are traditionally used in Buddhist culture as a part of the practice of meditation, however, today malas are enjoyed by people around the wor...

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    Grey Mist Recycled Glass Beads (11mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful grey color recycled beads are made us...

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    Brown Nepal Mala Bracelet

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    Malas are traditionally used in Buddhist culture as a part of the practice of meditation, however, today malas are enjoyed by people around the wor...

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    Tangerine Orange Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of orange color Ashanti glass saucer beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used ...

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    Jumbo Light Blue Recycled Glass Beads (24mm)

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    Recycled glass beads are a type of indigenously produced African bead from Ghana West Africa. These beautiful Light Blue recycled beads are made us...

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While The Bead Chest is primarily an African bead importer, we also offer finished African Jewelry to those looking for ready-to-wear pieces. African Jewelry is a melting pot of contemporary and traditional styles, many of which have been replicated extensively in popular Western fashion culture. But, African Jewelry serves for a number of other functions besides self expression and bodily adornment, particularly amongst ethnic groups (such as the Krobo of Ghana) where social hierarchy is still an endemic part of their culture. Large bulbous Glass Trade Beads worn in multiple strands around the neck can be indicative of wealth, status and purity; used in rites of prayer and marriage, or have some medicinal value, such as an aid for female fertility. The oldest beads found in Africa in 2004 were a strand of 75,000 year old ostrich shell Heishi Beads, which are particularly favoured by the Ashanti tribe of Ghana whom believe they can significantly enhance fertility. Almost every indigenous group in Africa uses jewelry as a means of communication in one way or another. Known for their exuberant beaded collars and head dresses, the Yoruba women of West Africa utilise tiny glass Christmas Beads for waist adornments, with the primary intention of luring the attention of a potential mate to her form. In Ghanaian culture, the glass beads used are recycled from other materials and tend to be far larger and uniform in shape. They are used to attract attention to the female form, and are also believed to aid gastro-intestinal health. African Pendants are undoubtedly one of the most imitated forms of jewelry in the West. Focal pendants, such as those produced by the predominantly Muslim Tuareg people of the Western Sahara, have been adopted by many other cultures where Islam is the primary religion – namely due to the ancient Islamic texts and references inscribed upon them. Of course, such pendants are also popular due to their contemporary aesthetics. Moroccan Pendants collectively encompass a wide range of focal styles and timeless symmetric designs that many find appealing. Old Berber Pendants are often inset with semi-precious stones such as amber, amazonite and quartz, making them all the more desirable.