These beads are over 100 years old and have been re-strung. Flat on one side and rounded on the other, they were made by dropping the hot glass on to a surface. Collected in the province of Ghazni, Afghanistan, the beads were originally used to decorate women's dresses. We have several colors as seen in the last photo. Check our shop for availability. They will be in the "Beads, Other" section.
There is a simple S-hook at one end, so the strand can be worn as a necklace, as is, or take it apart and make something new!
The photos in this listing are for the exact strand you are purchasing.
Necklace: 17" long (43 cm)
Beads: .5" diameter (12 mm)
Afghan Tribal Arts specializes in handcut, unpolished beads from Afghanistan and the region. Working with artisans directly in the Peshawar region, your purchase helps support small workshops who work in traditions established over centuries in the Silk Road. Afghanistan has great wealth in its natural resources, including an endless variety of semi-precious stones. Unpolished stones take in the oils of the skin with wear and develop a deep patina over time.
Recognizing that these strands are more expensive than the dyed and commercial stones that flood the market these days, we encourage our customers to think of buying with other friends and splitting the strands or to buy quantity in order to save on shipping. Free shipping on orders over $100.
Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with Afghan artists for more than 20 years. Handcarved semi-precious beads are the core focus of the business, but we also have a huge inventory of old and new textiles, carvings and metal work. Visit our shop here on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures!
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Free shipping on all purchases over $100 in the US. (Discounts given on shipping for international orders over $100)
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Shipping & policies
I ship world wide and offer free shipping in the US on purchases over $100. Multiple purchases are combined into one shipment.
Etsy has a system during the listing process where we have to estimate how much an item will cost in shipping if purchased with another item. This can be difficult given that I have a range of sizes and weights that could end up in a mix very different from the amount quoted. I refund the difference if it is over $.50 and often cover the expense if it's more than what was estimated, but every now and then, it might be too big of a difference. I can fit lots of the smaller items into a flat rate envelope, but on larger pieces, it would be best to ask about shipping if the total will be under $100.
Prices are quoted for USPS flat rate envelopes or priority mail, but I can ship snail mail if preferred. I use simple packaging, recycling when possible. I use Pay Pal's shipping services which provides a bar code and excellent tracking services, so I normally do not recommend insurance and confirmation, but can include it if requested. Customer pays for the extras.
International customers, we are not allowed to describe our packages as "gifts". I know it decreases your customs fees, but other sellers have gotten into trouble for that, so it's really not a good idea.
We prefer Pay Pal. Customers are given a three day grace period for payments, but immediate payments are deeply appreciated.
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- Digital downloads
- Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns must be done within 10 days of item receipt. I refund the purchase, but not shipping.
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