Beaded Hoops with vintage African Bead

The beautiful handmade large blue striped bead is a glass vintage trading bead found in Ghana Africa and estimated to be between 300 and 500 years old. The small blue seed beads are produced on Java Island, Indonesia.

African beads were first produced as a form of currency for native inhabitants all across the continent of Africa centuries ago, and are now appreciated world wide by thousands of bead collectors, wearers, and enthusiasts.

What draws people to African trade beads is not only their elegance and beauty in craft, but the experience and history that comes along with each bead.  While African bead makers continue to create new beads today, many of the items we offer have traveled long distances and years of existence to arrive where they are today.

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