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    Cuneiform Mali Clay Spindle Beads (Bicone)

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    This beautiful strand of Mali Spindle Whorl beads is handmade with clay and individually inscribed. It is made by the Dogon tribe of Mali. A few be...

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    Jumbo White Kenya Bone Cylinder Beads

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    Checkout these beautiful matte finish White Bone beads from Kenya, Africa! The strand is approximately 28" long, and each bead is about 23-25mm in ...

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    Krobo Fancy Powderglass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain( Ghana , West Africa ) , resembling old Venetian FANCY trade...

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    Krobo Fancy Powderglass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Kroboland ( Ghana , West Africa ) , IMITATING old Venetian FANCY trade bead...

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    Persimmon Round Amber Resin Beads

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of vibrant red amber resin beads. These beads are said to be made in Kenya. The light weight of these beads ma...

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    Mini Woven Brass Filigree Elbow Beads (25x10mm)

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    Take a look at these Brass Filligree-style trade beads from Africa. Each elbow-shaped bead is individually made by the "Lost Wax process" technique...

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    Black Antique Skunk Eye Beads

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    Beautiful strand of old eye trade beads. This strand has traveled at least three continents and was originally traded in the 1800's. Own a piece ...

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    Multicolor Moroccan Pottery Beads

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    These pottery beads are characteristic of Berber jewelry from the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. Individual bead sizes may vary slightly but measure a...

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    Black Antique Skunk Eye Beads

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    Beautiful strand of old eye trade beads. This strand has traveled at least three continents and was originally traded in the 1800's. Own a piece ...

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    Old Granite Stone Cylinder Beads

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    This exceptional strand of old granite stone beads has been crafted with meticulous care. Notice the smoothness of the surface and the texture of t...

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    Vintage Blue Vinyl Phono Record Beads (14mm)

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    Take a look at this nice strand of beautiful beads made from Phono Records. This exceptional strand measures approximately 30" long with beads meas...

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    Fancy African Designer 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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    Krobo Fancy Powderglass Beads (Granite)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Kroboland ( Ghana , West Africa ) , IMITATING old Venetian FANCY trade bead...

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    Cherry Amber Resin Cylinder Beads

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of vibrant red amber resin beads. These beads are said to be made in Kenya. The light weight of these beads ma...

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    Pomegranate Annular Wound Dogon Beads

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    Fabulous strand of old annular wound trade beads also known as "Dutch Donuts". These african trade beads have traveled at least three continents a...

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    Krobo Fancy Powder Glass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain ( Ghana , West Africa ), reproducing old Venetian FANCY trad...

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    Krobo Fancy Powderglass Beads

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    Red Stripe and Dot Krobo Beads

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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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    Petite Amber Color Camel Bone Disk Beads

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    Take a look at this exceptional strand of bone disk beads made in Nigeria from Authentic Camel Bone. Each bead has been individually shaped and pol...

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    White Annular Wound Dogan Beads

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    Fabulous strand of old annular wound trade beads also known as "Dutch Donuts". These african trade beads have traveled at least three continents a...

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    White, Blue, Brown Sandcast Beads (Long Strand)

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    Checkout this beautiful strand of blue and brown African sandcast. These beads were produced by members of the Ashanti tribe in Africa. The process...

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    Black Antique Skunk Eye Beads

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    Beautiful strand of old eye trade beads. This strand has traveled at least three continents and was originally traded in the 1800's. Own a piece ...

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    Tasbih Orange Resin Beads

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    Take a look at this nice strand of Orange Colour Tasbih . These beads are made from resin material. The strand measures about 30 inches long wit...

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    Savannah Style Krobo Beads

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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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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.