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    Black Volcanic Lava Beads (10mm)

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    These natural beads are made using dried lava, formed from molten rock originating from a volcano eruption. They come in a variety of shapes and si...

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    Black Volcanic Lava Beads (8mm) (Large Hole)

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    These natural beads are made using dried lava, formed from molten rock originating from a volcano eruption. They come in a variety of shapes and si...

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    Indigo Blue Round Lapis Lazuli Beads (4mm)

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    Take a moment to appreciate the unique and striking patterns of these stunning Lapis Lazuli beads. Lapis Lazuli Stone beads like this are known for...

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    Matte Round Lapis Lazuli Beads (4mm)

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    Take a moment to appreciate the unique and striking patterns of these stunning Lapis Lazuli beads. Lapis Lazuli Stone beads like this are known for...

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    Lapis Lazuli Saucer Beads (5mm)

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    Indulge your eyes in these beautiful lapis lazuli beads brought to you from the mountainous wilds of Afghanistan. The mineral rich landscape of Cen...

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    Lapis Lazuli Tiny Cylindrical Heishi Beads (2mm)

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    These beautiful tiny heishi beads are made of the highest quality Lapis Lazuli from Afghanistan. Each unique strand is about 11 inches long with be...

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    Copper Round Hematite Beads (8mm)

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    These simple and elegant hematite beads are versatile and easy to incorporate in your own unique jewelry designs. Each bead is electroplated to mim...

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    Matte Round Lapis Lazuli Beads (8mm)

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    Take a dive into the deep blue tones of these alluring Lapis Lazuli Beads. Lapis Lazuli Beads are known for their vibrant blue hue and inspiring na...

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    Cylindrical Nepali Turquoise Beads (4x3mm)

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    Indulge your eyes in these beautiful turquoise beads brought to you from the mountainous wilds of Nepal. Cut from the brilliant blue Turquoise ston...

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    Galaxy Sea Sediment Jasper Beads (8mm)

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    Great strand of sea sediment jasper beads. Beautiful marbled pattern on each bead gives a distinct look. Versatile beads for any beading project. I...

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    Oval Serpentine Beads (Extra Long Strand, 16x12mm)

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    Take a closer look at this stunning strand of Serpentine beads. This gemstone bead strand comes with up to 100 beads, making it ideal to use as a h...

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    Green Aqua Sea Sediment Jasper Beads (10mm)

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    Take a look at this great strand of sea sediment jasper beads. In some traditions, Jasper is said to empower the spirit and provide energy to those...

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    White Skull Beads (10mm)

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    This beautiful strand of Skull Beads is great for designers with a bold design aesthetic. Whether you use these skull beads as chunky charms for br...

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    Medley of Afghani Gemstone Beads

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    From the mountains of Afghanistan, this exciting medley includes a wide variety of delightful beads including lapis lazuli, turquoise, jade and oth...

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    Round Light Green Aventurine Beads (4mm)

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    Aventurine is a form of quartz and is considered to be the "Stone of Opportunity." Often said to enhance prosperity and wealth, this green gemstone...

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    Purple Volcanic Lava Beads (8mm)

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    Lava is one of the oldest and most frequently found stones in the world. Some consider lava to be a healing stone and believe it to provide a calmi...

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    Round Onyx Beads (6mm)

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    These Onyx Beads are perfect for use in all your jewelry making and design projects. Onyx will add a luxurious and classic look to your necklaces, ...

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    Tiny Blue Turquoise Stone Heishi Beads (4mm)

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    These beautiful saucer beads are made of authentic turquoise stone from Afghanistan. Each unique strand is about 15 inches long with beads measurin...

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    Round Malachite Beads (14mm)

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    Take a look at these stunning Malachite stone Beads. Malachite is known all around the world due to its deep green color and intricate patterns. Ma...

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    Antiqued Brass Electroplated Lava Beads (6mm)

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    These natural beads are made using dried lava. They are then electroplated to take on this beautiful metallic finish! Lava is a form of molten rock...

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    Tiny Cylindrical Garnet Beads (3mm)

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    Garnet gets it name from the Latin word malogranatum which means pomegranate. In ancient times it was believed that Garnet was a great protection s...

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    Green Jade Saucer Beads (5mm)

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    Admire the beautiful color of these authentic jade stone beads. These beads were individually cut by artisans in Afghanistan. Many new age communit...

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    Round Labradorite Beads (6mm)

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    Labradorite is often referred to as a ‘Stone of Magic’. It is believed by some to help one become more self aware of their emotions and psychic con...

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    Cylindrical Heishi Lapis Lazuli Beads (4mm)

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Gemstone beads are treasured by many. The power and symbolism of color is central to the cultures of many indigenous tribes in Africa. From the speckled whites and grays of Bauxite Beads which mark the acceptance of a newborn into Krobo society, to the deep reddish brown of Carnelian which symbolizes vitality and fertility, it's no wonder that certain stones are considered invaluable among some tribal cultures. But, African Gemstone Beads aren't just prized for their aesthetic beauty and rarity. Tribes such as the Yoruba also place great value upon certain types of gemstones owing to their former use as early currency. Through early trade routes, there was considerable influx of natural Gemstone Beads such as agate, carnelian and turquoise; stones which were often traded with Yoruban and Bedouin chiefs in exchange for furs, art and slaves.

Unsurprisingly, the collectible value of African Gemstone Beads inspired many artisans to produce counterfeit copies from other less precious materials - the Ancient Egyptians being a great example. After exhausting many of their own turquoise mines, they looked to another material with similar properties: jasper. The vast majority of African Turquoise Beads sold today are produced from this mineral. Bauxite, favored for its reddish-brown marbled appearance, was also used throughout the trade era to produce faux Carnelian Beads, and remains a popular element among native jewelry crafters today.