These beautiful beads were made by Krobo Ghana artisans sometime in the mid 1900s. These are a medley of sand casted glass beads in mixed sizes and colors. Some new Ghana glass, Miraflori and chevron beads are also mixed in these strands. The sand casted beads are made by grinding down recycled glass bottles into a fine powder and pouring into a clay mold that is heated until the powdered glass fuse together without completely melting, making a rustic sand-like texture. A cassava steam is used for the bead hole and is burned off in the heating process. And each bead is unique and slightly irregular. This process of making these glass beads is an ancient method dating back to over 1000 years ago and it is still used today. This strand is long, 34" so can be worn as is or made into new jewelry design.
1 Strand of Beads Approximate Number of Beads: 150-170 Bead Size: 5-8mm x 4-9mm Hole Size: 2mm Strand Length: 34"
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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.
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love these beads. Great shipping I will return thank you.