May 7, 2018

Quantities are limited of some types. Often found chalky with the blue leeched away. Probably from Nigeria; widely used in Africa for divination. Supposedly they contain “old” beads as well, but I do’t know enough about faience to tell if these are genuine. Age unknown; most strands show dulled, whitened edges as though from skin wear, but could be filed for comfort. Classic 4-layer “Rosetta” bead.

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Africa is a major source of metal beads, as metals are thought to have spiritual powers and blacksmiths enjoyed an elevated snwke. Second generation small, three-layer beads in green, snake eyes 653d blue, or classic dark blue.

Old African Trade Beads Retail / Wholesale

In time the Bohemians took the design and made glass copies. They are usually strung in ” strands with a few narrower snake eyes 653d at the ends snkae little difference in overall quality among strands. Venice, traded to Ethiopia, probably early s. Mixed whites, clears, some chalky or colored, but fairly consistent from strand to strand. There is often disagreement about the origin of such snake eyes 653d. These strands have nothing in znake with each other, except they don’t fit in the other mixed-strand categories!

Often found chalky with the blue snake eyes 653d away. These remain something of a mystery. Mostly m long x From a s collection, brick red barrels, some with bits or “ghost images” of trailed stripes, others with interior faint black lines or shown blue star layers.

Local families excavate the fragments and file it into rough bead shapes, preserving the unique sheen of ancient glass.

Probably from Nigeria; widely used in Africa for divination. Large, early, off-round wound beads in bright, primary colors. Today the Masai and related tribes still value and modify by filing the more modern Czech glass copies. Like Russian blues, with a new twist. Graduated spherical biconesincluding very large beads. From Gambia, typical matte surfaces of “pop snake eyes 653d beads in snake eyes 653d colors with some translucency. Sample ” strands shown. Invest a few clicks here!

Sand-cast or “pop bottle” beads made of powdered glass, generally imitating Venetian or old Akoso beads. All 24″ strands nearly identical and in good condition. Origin unknown, but traded into Nigeria c.

I do look for authentic old types in great condition. Clearly old and well used. From Nigeria, a derivative of the old Munshi and Moulay beads that served as currency and fertility charms. The rounded Padre beads are a well-known example. Short barrels with wavy white bands trailed across deep cobalt blue looks black wound base; this scarcer variety with small yellow eyes.

Smallest beads snake eyes 653d some strands appear to be “Abyssinia” beads. From different sources, but they belong together. snake eyes 653d

Ellipsoid with fluid flower patterns in blue or red on bone white base. Slightly translucent, rough-surfaced, dark caramel color, almost look black. Eyws formal name Cornalene d’Aleppo is a corruption of “carnelian of Aleppo Snake eyes 653d city.

Small square beads, about 5x6mm with interesting shading patterns. Long, graduated strand of small, old red coral beads. Fluid flower patterns in blue or red on bone white base. Snake eyes 653d oldest European, and most prolific, of the trade bead manufacturing sites.

An older type imitating Islamic style beads? VE mixed sizes, a few chips, etc. Some strands have dull non-fumed black or snake eyes 653d strays. Wyes or “pop bottle” beads made of powdered glass, said to imitate Venetian types. These strands mix the older s’s matte imitations of Akoso and Venetian types with a few shiny, novel types of the ‘s.

Traded into Africa; less expensive than cobalt blues used in North America. Beads mm wide x mm long, about 80 per 30″ strand.

Because they were so difficult to make, shortcuts were often tried. Unusual; kind of alike a decorated version of the Gajuroko Rat’s Dung type. Rounds in sizes from seed to over 23mm and barrels from under 6mm to over 25mm are commonest, though many other shapes exist, as well as surface decorations of spots, florals, etc.

These modern strands are still hand-crafted, snake eyes 653d are snake eyes 653d made smake silver alloyed with nickel. Usually excavated beads are expensive, but I guess “ugly” lowers the asking price!

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