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...View full details
Indulge your eyes in these beautiful cloudy quartz beads in a natural frosted finish. These delightful gemstone beads measure approximately 8 x 8mm...View full details
Aventurine is a form of natural quartz stone, characterized by its translucence and the presence of platy mineral inclusions that give a shimmering...View full details
Take a moment to admire the true craftsmanship that's been put into these strands of Striped Tibetan Agate. These beads come to us all the way from...View full details
These off-white matte natural stone beads are versatile as they are fun. Look carefully and you will see that many beads have a patterned surface t...View full details
Take a look at these hand-patterned Tibetan agate beads. The special character of this stone bead is apparent by the unique translucence of the bea...View full details
Take a look at these hand-patterned tibetan agate beads. The special character of this stone bead is apparent by the unique translucence of the bea...View full details
This necklace has been handcrafted by jewelry-makers in Afghanistan. Jewelry made from natural Lapis and Carnelian stone has long been a regarded a...View full details
This necklace has been handcrafted by jewelry-makers in Afghanistan. Jewelry made from natural stone has long been a regarded as a luxury throughou...View full details
This necklace has been handcrafted by jewelry-makers in Afghanistan. Jewelry made from natural blue Lapis stone has long been a regarded as a luxur...View full details
Check out this amazing strand of stone beads made of authentic turquoise. The brilliant and unique color will add an unmistakable accent to your je...View full details
We are loving the intricate patterns on the sides of these Oval Eye Tibetan Agate Beads. These beads come to us all the way from the highlands of T...View full details
Admire the details of this exceptional strand of hand-patterned Tibetan agate beads fashioned in an oval shape. Each bead shows its own unique char...View full details
Take a moment to admire these uniquely crafted Large Tibetan Agate Medallions. These Medallions come to us all the way from the high mountaintops o...View full details
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.