This item is sold out at the moment.

Ancient Excavated Djenne Beads from Mali, Africa - Ancient Roman Glass - White and Cream - Antique Trade Beads - Circa 1600s (118-MAL-DJE)

Sold by itaitoimports
Get Shipping Estimate


Item details

These ancient glass beads are over 300 years old from an excavation site of Djenne, Mali and are also known as Ancient Roman Glass Beads. They are beautiful shades of white and cream and are in great condition. The beads have minor chips and pitting from centuries of aging underground, which is part of their beauty. These one of a kind artifacts are perfect for creative jewelry designers that love history. Mix them when precious stones and metals or wear there as they are.

Djenne was an important trade route during 12th-18th centuries and the Djenne people would bury their these beads in clay pots in various hidden sites. These buried treasures where known as their "banks", as these beads were used as a form of currency. Today Djenne is an important archeological site where artifacts are still being excavated, however these ancient beads are becoming more and more rare and hard to find.

Approximate Number of Beads: 150
Bead Size: 4mm x 6mm
Hole Size: 1-2mm
Strand Length: 28"

ita ito: string together

Our business is rooted in our love of hand craftsmanship, history, and authenticity. We work carefully to source items that are uniquely hand-made as well as hard to find vintage items from remote areas in Africa. Sourced from materials (such as recycled glass and metal) that use low impact, sustainable and ethical processes, we employ artisans and craftspeople in a place rich with bead making history.

We believe in supplying designers and collectors with the most beautiful handmade items that not only have a rich history, but will last for generations. We love these beads and we love seeing beads transform into beautiful jewelry designs. We source directly from the makers so our items are priced at wholesale, but we offer discount prices for bulk orders. Please send us a screenshot of orders over $300 and will send customized order with special discount.

******************FREE SHIPPING on USA orders $90 more***************************
Enter code: itaitofreeship

No reviews yet

Shipping & policies
Preparation takes 1-2 business days
Arrives from the United States
Estimated Shipping
Shipping to
Zip or postal code
Customs and import taxes
Buyers are responsible for any customs and import taxes that may apply. I'm not responsible for delays due to customs.

Secure options
Etsy Studio keeps your payment information secure. Etsy Studio shops never receive your credit card information.

Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Conditions of return
Buyers are responsible for return shipping costs. If the item is not returned in its original condition, the buyer is responsible for any loss in value.