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    Rare Star Snake Beads (Set of 6)

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    These antique star beads are an unusual find! Like their cousins the snake beads, star beads were made in Czechoslovakia and traveled to Africa for...

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    Glass Snake Beads, Amber Color (Small)

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from ...

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    Wide White Glass Snake Beads (9mm)

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    Snake beads are vintage African trade beads originally produced in Czechoslovakia and exported to West Africa. The shape of these beads is inspired...

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    Turquoise Star Snake Beads

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from t...

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    Rose Pink Glass Snake Beads (6mm)

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    This is a beautiful strand of interlocking Czech beads made from glass and imported from Africa. These African beads are known as Snake beads becau...

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    Brass Interlocking Snake Beads (7mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking brass snake beads are unique to behold. Each strand measures 24" in le...

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    White Stone Interlocking Snake Beads (8mm)

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    These interlocking beads are carved from authentic stone in a shape that resembles snake vertebrae. The shape is common to vintage Czech beads whic...

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    Bone White Glass Snake Beads (9mm)

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from...

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    Crimson Red Star Snake Beads

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    These pressed Czech glass beads are known by a number of names including Star Beads and Snake Beads due to their resemblance to the vertebrae of a ...

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    Set of 10 Strands Old Glass Snake Beads (Large)

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    This set of 10 glass Snake Beads contains many rare hard-to-find colors including ivory, black, and light green. These are authentic old strands, n...

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    Black Star Snake Beads

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from t...

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    Brown Glass Snake Beads (9mm)

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from ...

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    Glass Snake Beads, Bone Color (6mm)

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back fro...

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    Red & Black Mixed Glass Snake Beads (6mm)

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    Snake beads are vintage African trade beads originally produced in Czechoslovakia and exported to West Africa. The shape of these beads is inspired...

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    Brown Glass Snake Beads (6mm)

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    This is a beautiful strand of interlocking Czech beads made from glass and imported from Africa. These African beads are known as Snake beads becau...

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    Rustic Silver Snake Beads (7mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking white metal snake beads are unique to behold. Each strand measures 25"...

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    Rustic Copper Snake Beads (6mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking white metal snake beads are unique to behold. Each strand measures 24"...

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    Rustic Silver Snake Beads (8mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking white metal snake beads are unique to behold. Each strand measures 25"...

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    Rustic Silver Snake Beads (6mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking white metal snake beads are unique to behold. Each strand measures 24"...

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    Rustic Copper Snake Beads (8mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking white metal snake beads are unique to behold. Each strand measures 25"...

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    Rustic Copper Snake Beads (7mm)

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    Patterned after vertebrae of the natural snake, these beautiful interlocking white metal snake beads are unique to behold. Each strand measures 25"...

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    Rare Black Square Snake Beads (Long Strand)

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    These black vintage beads are a rare variety of the glass snake bead. Likely of Czech origin, they derive their name from the interlocking beads th...

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    Rare Brown Square Snake Beads

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    These brown vintage beads are a rare variety of the glass snake bead. Likely of Czech origin, they derive their name from the interlocking beads th...

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    Vintage Rose Pink Star Snake Beads

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    This strand of interlocking Czech glass beads is called "SNAKE" trade beads because of its similarity to the snake vertebrae. They date back from t...

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African snake beads are known not only for their beautiful looks, but for their beautiful history as well. Although today's glass snake beads were created more recently, the originals dated back to the 1800's. In old ages, they were created in Europe. They played an important role in creating interaction between Africa and Europe, and were later used in trade within Africa.

African snake beads come in two forms: authentic vertebrae beads, and colored glass snake beads. Both types of African beads are elegant when worn as is, or when used in creating African or ethnic jewelry. Most strands run 24"-30", and the glass snake beads typically come in pink, blue, red, and green colors, as well as mixed variations. Sizes of snake and vertebrae beads vary.