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Bauxite is a type of aluminium ore. All African bauxite beads are hand made and drilled, making these beads very labor demanding. Bauxite beads like these have been imported from Africa for decades. African Bauxite beads are known for their unique bauxite color and bauxite texture. Also known as "African pipestone", these great beads add a great rustic feel to necklaces and bracelets alike.