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    Baby-sized Carved Mali Bone Beads (6mm)

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    Checkout these beautiful bone beads from Mali West Africa! Each bead has been meticulously carved by hand in a traditional serrated pattern. The ri...

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    Large Mali Wedding Beads

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    Luminous, smooth, and with shades encompassing the entire color spectrum; this tantalizing string of authentic large Mali Wedding Beads are the per...

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    Jumbo Brass Mali Bicone Beads (26x20mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 26 x 19-20mm, with a hole size of 5mm. Strands measure 25"...

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    Mali Brass Bicone Beads (7x11mm)

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    Here is a beautiful strand of Mali Brass Beads from Africa. The strand is an extra long 32", with beads measuring approximately 11-13mm in diameter...

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    Old Mali Stone Beads (Rust Color)

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    Mali Stone beads are said to be centuries old because they seem to have been made in a very primitive way. This strand of African beads is 24" lon...

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    Brass Mali Bicone Beads (22x16mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 22-23 x 16-17mm, with a hole size of 6mm. Strands measure ...

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    Brass Mali Bicone Beads (15mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 15 x 15mm, with a hole size of 2mm. Strands measure 24" in...

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    Small Vintage Mali Wedding Beads

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    Mali Wedding beads are hand-made, and are presented to brides on their wedding days. They were made in what was once known as Czechoslovakia, for ...

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    Antique Yellow Vaseline Beads (Long Strand)

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    There's more to these yellow glass beads than meets the eye. Originally created in Czechoslovakia, these antique vaseline beads will have traveled ...

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    West African Natural Tree Pod Beads

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    These fun beads are made by drilling the natural seed of an African plant. Each bead resembles a pod with a black stripe running it's perimeter. Th...

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    Silver Mali Bicone Beads (22x16mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 22-23 x 16-17mm, with a hole size of 6mm. Strands measure ...

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    Copper Mali Bicone Beads (22x16mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 22 x 16-17mm, with a hole size of 6mm. Strands measure 22"...

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    Ancient Mali Granite Stone Beads

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    These unusual stone beads are said to be hundreds of years old. Each bead has been individually shaped from granite stone and arranged nicely as a ...

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    Ancient Mali Granite Stone Beads

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    Ancient Cylindrical Mali Stone Beads (6mm)

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    Mali Stone beads are said to be centuries old because they seem to have been made in a very primitive way. This strand of African beads is 34" long...

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    Copper Mali Bicone Beads (26x20mm)

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    These great bicone-shaped beads are bold and versatile. Each bead measures approximately 26 x 20mm, with a hole size of 6mm. Strand length is about...

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    Rectangular African Carnelian Beads (Jumbo Size)

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    Admire this beautiful strand of prized African Carnelian beads from Nigeria. These stone beads have been polished to perfection to bring out their ...

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    Old Mali Striped Agate Style Beads (9-16mm)

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    These old glass beads are found in Mali and likely designed to simulate agate stone. Populating a wide swath of West Africa, the people of the Fula...

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    Tuareg Brass Cube Beads (5x8mm)

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    Admire these exceptional cube-like beads crafted by the Tuareg people of Mali in West Africa. The Tuareg are a desert tribe that inhabit a large sw...

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    Graduated Ebony Beads

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    This strand of graduated beads is hand-carved from genuine ebony, pruned from aged trees in the Malian countryside. Beads range in size on each str...

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    Multicolor Bohemian Colodonte Beads

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    Colodonte is a type of bohemian glass. This strand measures approximately 26" long, with beads measuring 9-16 x 13-14mm. Colodonte beads are typica...

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    Mixed Bohemian Colodonte Beads

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    Colodonte is a type of bohemian glass. Each strand measures approximately 26" long, with individual beads measuring 14-16mm in length and 11-14mm i...

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    Ancient Dogon Quartz Stone Beads

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    Admire this exceptional strand of stone beads from Mali. West Africa has a long history of stone bead-making stretching back to ancient and even pr...

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    Flat Mali Wedding Beads (Bright)

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Mali is home to many exotic bead markets. Below are African beads from Mali. A large variety of trade beads are found in the West African nation of Mali. These include Wedding Beads, Clay Beads, Stone Beads, Brass Beads, Vaseline Beads, Dogon Beads and many other styles. Some of these beads are produced locally and others were brought to Mali through foreign trade. A number of sub-Saharan ethnic groups make up the population of Mali including the Bambara, Soninke, Khassonke, Malinke, Dogon, and a number of smaller groups.

Mali Wedding Beads are especially well known due to their unique and colorful appearance. These beads can actually be as much as a century old and most were originally brought to Africa for trade from Czechoslovakia however newer varieties also exist. Mali Wedding beads come in a number of different designs including tear-drop and triangle shapes and are multi-colored even within a single strand. Traditionally, these beads are given as a wedding gift and this where they derive their name.

Similarly Vaseline beads were traded in Mali as early as the 19th century when they were imported from European regions such as Bohemia and Czech. These are made of semi-translucent glass and come in a number of colors including green and yellow. Some colors are more rare than others.

Quartz and stones beads of ancient origin have also been excavated in Mali West Africa. For example, one variety of quartz beads was found near Djenne, a city in Mali. Other beads may be made of Carnelian, Amazonite, Granite Jasper, or Agate. Some of these beads traveled to Mali during ancient times along Roman trade routes. The Mali Empire reached its zenith in the 14th century when the cities of Djenne and Timbuktu were major centers of learning and trade in gold, salt and slaves were a major source of wealth.