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    Light Blue Turquoise-Style Afghani Stone Cylinder Beads (2mm)

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    These beautiful cylindrical-shaped beads are from the mountains of Afghanistan. They are made from recycled, reconstituted stone meant to resemble ...

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    Matte Round Black Onyx Beads (4mm)

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    Admire the dark hue of these genuine Black Onyx Beads. Like the darkness of night, these beads can add an element of mystery to your creative desig...

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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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    Dark Round Carnelian Beads (8mm)

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    Take a moment to appreciate the luxurious hues of these carnelian beads. Commonly referred to as the 'Stone of Confidence', Carnelian beads can mak...

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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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    Matte Round Black Onyx Beads (6mm)

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    Admire the dark hue of these genuine Black Onyx Beads. Like the darkness of night, these beads can add an element of mystery to your creative desig...

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    Round Malachite Beads (6mm)

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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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    Round Green Nephrite Jade Beads (8mm)

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    This stunning strand of Nephrite Jade Beads is an excellent addition to any jewelry maker's collection. These gemstone beads are polished to perfec...

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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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    Antiqued Brass Electroplated Lava Beads (10mm)

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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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    Matte Round Rose Quartz Beads (6mm)

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    Rose Quartz is said to be a stone that represents one’s heart, and is found in varoius areas across the world including Madagascar, Germany, India ...

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    Round Tree Agate Beads (8mm)

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    Tree Agate gets its name due to the leaf like patterns that form across its surface. Many farmers in ancient greek culture believed that Tree Agate...

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    Rustic Afghani Turquoise Stone Saucer Beads (4mm)

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

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    Round Lapis Lazuli Beads (20mm)

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    Indulge your eyes in these beautiful lapis lazuli beads. The mineral rich landscape of Asia has been a source of treasured stones for at least thre...

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    Matte Lavender Lilac Jade Beads (6mm)

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    Lilac jade, often referred to as lavender jade, is a gentle purple stone that is considered in some forms of eastern medicine to have special medic...

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    Hosseini Turquoise Cylinder Beads (2x4mm)

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    Indulge your eyes in these beautiful turquoise beads brought to you from the mountainous wilds of Afghanistan. Cut from coveted Middle Eastern ston...

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    Antiqued Silver Electroplated Lava Beads (8mm)

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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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    Pearl Round Druzy Agate Beads (8mm)

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    Fun and easy to work with, these colorful Druzy Agate Stone Beads are a great choice for creative and custom jewelry designs. The name Druzy genera...

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    Royal Purple Sea Sediment Jasper Beads (10mm)

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

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    Round Carnelian Beads (12mm)

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    Take a moment to appreciate the luxurious hues of these carnelian beads. Commonly referred to as the 'Stone of Confidence', Carnelian beads can mak...

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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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    Round Pastel Amethyst Beads (5mm, Set of 100)

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    Admire these beautiful gemstone crystal beads made from Amethyst. Amethyst is known for its beautiful natural purple color, and is mined in Siberia...

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    Oval Onyx Beads (16x8mm)

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    Matte Round Sodalite Beads (8mm)

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    Like the pattern of clouds billowing in a blue sky, these Sodalite beads are made from natural mineral stone. The matte finish of these spherical b...

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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.