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    Krobo Fancy Powderglass Beads (Long Strand)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain (Ghana, West Africa ), resembling old Venetian FANCY trade b...

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    White Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Mixed Cylindrical Krobo Beads (Long Strand)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Black Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Circular Brass Artisanal Berber Bead (32mm)

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    This artisanal Moroccan bead was handcrafted by Berber artisans west of the Atlas mountains. Pay attention to the elegant pattern on the bead's out...

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    Tangerine Orange Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    Ghana is known for its history of traditional bead-making. These beautiful powder glass beads are made by Krobo tribe people using centuries-old te...

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    White Kente Krobo Beads (11mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Round Silver Artisanal Berber Bead (23mm)

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    This artisanal Moroccan bead was handcrafted by Berber artisans west of the Atlas mountains. Pay attention to the elegant pattern on the bead's out...

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    Teal Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    Ghana is known for its history of traditional bead-making. These beautiful powder glass beads are made by Krobo tribe people using centuries-old te...

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    Circular Silver Artisanal Berber Bead (41mm)

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    This artisanal Moroccan bead was handcrafted by Berber artisans west of the Atlas mountains. Pay attention to the elegant pattern on the bead's out...

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    Dark Grey Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Many designs of Krobo beads are patte...

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    Brass Yoruba-Style Beads (9mm)

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    This special strand of brass beads is made according to a traditional Yoruba design sourced from West Africa. The Yoruba people are known for their...

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    Brown Giraffe Krobo Powder Glass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain in Ghana, West Africa. Made from bottles and other glass ite...

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    Old Pistachio Green Kenya Turkana Beads

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    These authentic green Turkana beads were worn by the people of northwest Kenya. Less prominent but slightly more numbers than the Maasai, the Turka...

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    Fulani Funeral Beads - Blue Russian Tube Glass Beads

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    Take a look at this nice strand of Russian Tube beads from Africa. Each strand measures 24-28" with each bead measuring approximately 3-10 mm in le...

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    Orange Enamel Berber Bead (Set of 2)

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    Colorful and eye-catching, this artisanal enameled Berber bead pendant is unique to behold. Accented silver-plated and accented in a beautiful oran...

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    Autumn Medley Chevron Style Aja Krobo Beads (15mm)

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain (Ghana, West Africa), reproducing old Venetian FANCY trade b...

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    Dark Brown Kente Krobo Beads (14mm)

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    Ghana is known for its history of traditional bead-making. These beautiful powder glass beads are made by Krobo tribe people using centuries-old te...

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    Old Navy Blue Kenya Turkana Beads

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    These authentic navy blue Turkhana beads were worn by the people of northwest Kenya. Less prominent but slightly more numbers than the Maasai, the ...

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    Chevron Krobo Fancy Powderglass Beads

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    A beautiful strand of powder glass African beads, made by the people of Krobo Mountain (Ghana, West Africa), reproducing old Venetian FANCY trade b...

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    Berber Silver Bicone Beads (9x12mm)

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    These silver-plated Berber beads were individually handmade by a metal artisan using traditional techniques. If you look carefully you will see tha...

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    Blue Artisanal Enamel-Inlaid Berber Bead Pendant

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    Simple but elegant, this blue enameled Berber pendant bead would add an attractive touch to your Moroccan jewelry. It measures 33mm in diameter by ...

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    Leopard Krobo Beads (20x10mm)

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    Fun and colorful, these Krobo Glass Beads come from Ghana in West Africa. In this traditional art form, glass is crushed into a fine powder and the...

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    Mixed Kente Krobo Beads (18mm)

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Looking to add a unique look and touch of artisan quality to your jewelry designs? Well, you’ve made it to the right place! Here at The Bead Chest we offer a vast array of African Tribal Beads and African Pendants! From our shining African brass beads and pendants to our striking African glass beads and from our bright multi colored strands to our African white metal beads we have hundreds of items and options for you to choose from! 

Since the dawn of time African Tribal beads and jewelry have been highly valuable and sought after in regions all across Africa. Some historians and archaeologists say that people in Africa have been using beads since as far back as 75,000 years ago! Tribal beads have been found at various archaeological dig sites in places like Sudan, Kenya, Ghana, Libya, Tanzania, Egypt and Morocco. African Tribal beads over the years have been used for many different purposes. In the past the Turkana people used tribal beads as a form of currency. Throughout history tribal beads have been incorporated into fashion, artwork, pottery and sculptures. Before the 4th century most African Tribal beads were made with local raw materials. White beads were made from clay, shell, ivory and bone. Black beads were made from iron, charcoal, seeds, horn and clay, Red beads came from various woods, seeds, bone, ivory, copper and brass. Many believe that at some point during the 4th century glass beads were introduced into African Tribal communities by the Portuguese. During the 4th century glass beads became a dominant source of currency in African Tribal culture that lasted almost over 700 years. 

There are many different types of prominent African Tribal beads. Camel and Cow bone tribal beads are commonly crafted in places like Kenya. African bone beads are great for carving designs into and are often used as home decoration pieces. Tribal African trade beads/venetian beads are known for their colorful and varying patterns. Recycled glass beads are said to originate from the Krobo tribes in Ghana. Recycled glass beads come in almost every color and are very popular to be worn as jewelry and as home decor pieces. Shell beads have a rich history of use throughout Africa's history! Tribal shell beads are now used as home decoration and lovely jewelry pieces. Baule brass beads come from the Ivory Coast and historically were used as weights for measuring amounts of gold and silver. Terracotta and clay African beads come straight from the earth and are made by master artisans. Many tribes and individual artisans today in places like Uganda make beads out of recycled paper and old phono vinyl records.

African Tribal beads are truly inspiring and make for the perfect beads when creating jewelry masterpieces. Now that you know a little more about the history and types of African Tribal beads we offer here, please take your time to browse this curated section of tribal beads! We know that you’re going to be able to find hundreds of great options for your next big jewelry design project.