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    Maroon Vinyl Phono Record Beads (10mm)

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    Take a look at this unusual strand of maroon color African Phono Record beads. The strand measures approximately 31" in length with individual bead...

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    Old Red Phono Record Vinyl Beads (4mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of African vinyl beads in a red color. Beads such as these are found in Ghana and Nigeria where they are somet...

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    Brown Glass Snake Beads (6mm)

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    This is a beautiful strand of interlocking Czech beads made from glass and imported from Africa. These African beads are known as Snake beads becau...

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    Venetian-Style Ghanaian Krobo Beads

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    Wow! Take a look at this super colorful medley of Krobo Beads. The unique designs on each bead are inspired by antique Venetian trade beads. The be...

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    Cameroon-Style Ghana Brass Filigree Globe Beads (18mm, Long Strand)

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    Take a look at these Brass "Globe" trade beads from Africa. Each bead is made individually through the "Lost Wax process" technique. The strand is...

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    Vintage White Flower Beads (10mm)

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    These vintage Czech beads derive their name from their resemblance in the cross section to the shape of a flower. Like Prosser beads, this design w...

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    Black & White Flower Beads (10mm)

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    These vintage Czech beads derive their name from their resemblance in the cross section to the shape of a flower. Like Prosser beads, this design w...

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    Green Ancient Djenne Nila Glass Beads

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    Take a moment to marvel at the true craftsmanship of these alluring Ancient Green Djenne Seed Beads. Seed Beads like this are very unique and very ...

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    Old Mali Glass & Stone Bead Medley

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    Admire this strand of old beads from Mali in West Africa. Comprised of mostly glass but also a few stone beads, this piece has been fashioned from ...

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    Old Cylindrical Venetian Trade Beads

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    Admire this unique strand of authentic Venetian Trade Beads. Predominantly produced on the island of Murano, beads such as these were produced for ...

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    Rare Black Square Snake Beads

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    These black vintage beads are a rare variety of the glass snake bead. Likely of Czech origin, they derive their name from the interlocking beads th...

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    Peduase Tribal Krobo Beads

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

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    Yagbum Tribal Krobo Beads

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

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    Old Red & Yellow Cylinder Tomato Beads

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    Wow! These red and yellow tomato beads are a beauty and tough to find. Like their cousins the rounded tomato beads, these old cylinder-shaped beads...

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    Vintage Rose Pink Star Snake Beads

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from t...

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    Old Opaque Seafoam Green Mali Vaseline Beads

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    There's more to these opaque glass beads than meets the eye. Originally created in Czechoslovakia, these antique vaseline beads will have traveled ...

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #1800

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    These glass beads are made to resemble the color and look of natural sea coral. Coral beads have are highly sought after by the Yoruba people of Ni...

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    Vintage Round Binta Banji Beads (6-12mm)

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    Unusual strand of multi color Binta Banji prosser beads. While these beads typically come in an abacus or rondelle shape, this more rare variety is...

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    Yoruba Mock Coral Beads #9999

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    These glass beads are made to resemble the color and look of natural sea coral. Coral beads have are highly sought after by the Yoruba people of Ni...

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    Pastel Blue Ashanti Glass Saucer Beads (14mm)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of Ashanti glass saucer beads. The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for over 1000...

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    Green Vintage Czech Interlocking Snake Beads (9mm, Long Strand)

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from...

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    Green Vintage Prosser Button Beads (9mm, Long Strand)

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    Sliced Prosser Beads, otherwise known as button beads, get their name from their unique shape. These beads originated in the former Czechoslovakia ...

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    Natural Mayan Jade Bracelet (10mm)

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    Made from authentic Guatemalita Jade stone, these unique beads have been individually shaped and polished by the native Mayan people of Guatemala i...

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    Red Vintage Rice Beads (6x4mm) (Long Strand)

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    These vintage red glass beads were originally produced in Czechoslovakia and sent to West Africa in the mid-20th century. Crafted in an oval shape,...

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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.