These old stone beads are both simple and unusual. Natural stone was among the earliest materials used by ancient cultures to make beads for personal adornment. Beads such as these are discovered in the ground where they have sometimes laid undisturbed for hundreds if not thousands of years. These specific beads were found in Mali West Africa. These beads are truly one of a kind! You will receive the exact strand pictured. Note that while the material is said to be of old, possibly ancient origin, the precise age of the beads has not been independently verified through advanced dating techniques.