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    White Bone Beads (Large)

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    Checkout these beautiful White Bone from Kenya, Africa! The strand is approximately 26" long, and each bead is about 23-28mm in diameter. Due to th...

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    White Bone Beads (Saucer)

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    These white bone saucer beads are handcrafted in a fair trade workshop in central Kenya. Each bead is 100% unique and one-of-a-kind. Beads measure ...

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    Round White Bone Mala Beads (6mm)

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    These polished white bone beads have been individually shaped from recycled cow bone. Each bead measures approximately 5-6mm wide by 6-7mm diameter...

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    Eye Design Batik Bone Beads (Circular)

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    These beads are made of bone and come from Kenya, Africa. The design is created through a dying method known as "batik", which is a wax relief proc...

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    Sun Design Batik Bone Beads (Circular)

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    These beads are made of bone and come from Kenya, Africa. The design is created through a dying method known as "batik", which is a wax relief pro...

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    Rustic Grey Bone Button Beads (6mm)

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    These natural beads are handcrafted by artisans in the Nepal countryside using recycled bone. The beads are in a special disk shape and resemble bu...

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    White Carved Disk Bone Mala Beads (13mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of bone Mala beads fashioned in a special disk shape. Each of these bone beads was hand carved out of reclaime...

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    White Bone Beads (Circular)

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    Checkout these beautiful White Bone beads from Kenya, Africa! The strand is approximately 30" long, and each bead is about 22-25mm in diameter.

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    White Bone Mala Beads (10mm)

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    These high quality Malas each contain 108 rustic beads made of recycled bone. Each bead measures approximately 8 x 10mm, with a hole size of 2mm. T...

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    White Carved Disk Bone Beads (10mm)

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    Take a look at this beautiful strand of bone beads fashioned in a special disk shape. Each of these bone beads was hand-carved out of reclaimed cow...

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    Tan Nigerian Camel Bone Beads (Disk)

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    These rustic beads are said to be made using recycled camel bone. Each bead is hand-carved into its initial shape. Some are then patterned through...

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    Tourmaline Pink Bone Button Beads (8mm)

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    These natural beads are handcrafted by artisans in the Nepal countryside using recycled bone. The beads are in a special disk shape and resemble bu...

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    Chevron Batik Bone Beads (Small)

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    Checkout these beautiful small bone batik from Africa! They are hand dyed beads from Kenya, Africa. The dying method is known as "batik", which is ...

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    White Bone Button Beads (6mm)

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    These natural beads are handcrafted by artisans in the Nepal countryside using recycled bone. The beads are in a special disk shape and resemble bu...

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    White Bone Mala Beads (8mm)

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    These high quality Malas each contain 108 rustic beads made of recycled bone. Each bead measures approximately 6-7 x 8-9mm, with a hole size of 2mm...

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    Striped Batik Bone Beads (Small)

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    Checkout these beautiful small bone batik from Africa! They are hand dyed beads from Kenya, Africa. The dying method is known as "batik", which is ...

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    Blue Cylindrical Bone Beads (18mm)

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    Admire these beautiful bone beads brought to you from Nepal. Handcrafted by a master artisan, these beads are toned with a blue gradient which incl...

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    White Bone Button Beads (10mm)

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    These natural beads are handcrafted by artisans in the Nepal countryside using recycled bone. The beads are in a special disk shape and resemble bu...

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    Neon Pink Bone Mala Beads (10mm)

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    This strand of neon pink bone beads comes from Nepal. Pay attention and you will notice that each bead is 100% unique and has its own character. Ea...

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    White Bone Button Beads (12mm)

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    These natural beads are handcrafted by artisans in the Nepal countryside using recycled bone. The beads are in a special disk shape and resemble bu...

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    Blue Bone Button Beads (6mm)

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    These natural beads are handcrafted by artisans in the Nepal countryside using recycled bone. The beads are fashioned in a useful disk shape and re...

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    Kenya White Bone Beads (Geometric)

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    Admire this unusual strand of bone beads from Kenya. While Kenyan bone beads are common in a variety of shapes and styles, these beads come in a ha...

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    White Bone Button Beads (8mm)

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    Round Rustic Grey Bone Mala Beads (6mm)

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    This strand of rustic grey bone beads comes from Nepal. Pay attention and you will notice that each bead is 100% unique and has its own character. ...

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African bone beads come from Ghana, Africa.  The design on the black and white bone beads is created through a dying method known as "batik", which is a wax relief process.  These African beads are strung on raffia and worn as is, but many beaders use these beads as the highlight of their creation.

Natural Bone Beads from Africa

Bone beads have a long history on the African continent. Bone is one of several natural materials that have been available in Africa for millennia including wood, stone, and clay. Bone beads have been made throughout the African continent including East, West, and even South Africa. Historically, bone beads may be made from any number of bone sources including ivory from different kinds of animal tusks or antlers. Other natural materials similar to bone used to make beads include horn, ostrich eggshells, marine and freshwater seashells such as clams, and also coral. Bone is unique among bead making materials due to both its strength and because it can be carved by hand and polished into many different shapes and sizes. Bone is also relatively lighter than similar size beads made from glass or metal.

One of the best-known varieties of bone beads is the Mudcloth Bone Batik from East Africa. Kenya in particular is a major producer of Batik Bone Beads. These beads are usually made from Cow or Water Buffalo bone that is first bleached and then patterned. Patterning is achieved by a special method where wax is used to apply a dye based on any one of a number of traditional geometric patterns. These designs may include stripes, dots, swirls, and other decorative motifs. Because each bead is individually patterned, this gives each piece a unique flair. The variety of different Bone Batik design styles makes these beads a versatile addition to any bead or jewelry designer’s bead chest and adds a great natural touch to any project.

Another type of bone bead that is made in Africa is the Snake Vertebrae bead. Believe or not, these beads are actually made from real snakes! Such vertebrae may be the inspiration for other Snake beads that have been made with glass that capture the same characteristic interlocking shape of real vertebrae. Such beads can be a lot of fun to work with. Likewise, fish vertebrae that tend to be more cylindrical and have also been used to make African Beads. Fish Vertebrae beads are amazingly light to wear and can be integrated into many artistic beaded pieces.