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DESTINY -  Lapis and Bauxite  Earrings with African Trade Bead

DESTINY - Lapis and Bauxite Earrings with African Trade Bead

King bicone trade beads are featured in these fascinating earrings which also have lapis lazuli chips and bauxite beads with brass finishes. The earrings measure 2" total length.
Compliments the Destiny necklace here:

Rediscovering Trade Beads of African and Native American trade has been inspiring and educational. Beads have been the passion of humans from earliest history.
Old African Bauxite handmade beads are enhanced by the small brass trade bead spacers and rice beads. Lapis chips add a dimensional quality and is another "old" stone revered by many civilizations.
The "King" bicone trade bead from the late 19th century is enhanced with brass finishes. Each bead used in trade has an unknown past of great interest and collectible value.
BRASS TRADE BEADS-Brass has been used in many forms in Africa and still is today. There intricate spiral and woven beads have been made in different regions by lost wax casting. Many of the small bicones and heishi spacers beads have their origin as prayer beads from Ethiopia and Kenya. The various forms have been used in trade for goods, which is why they are called trade beads.

BAUXITE TRADE BEADS- Bauxite is a kind of aluminium ore and is a beautiful dark rusty chestnut color. These wonderful old beads are cut, carved, polished and drilled by hand in Africa. Most of the production of bauxite beads today is in Ghana, African, in a small village called Akyem Abompe. It is a unique center of bead production where practically each family is maintaining themselves through manufacture of beads. The patina of bauxite beads is warm and earthy and the most beautiful.
BICONE KING BEADS- "King Beads" are wonderful old Venetian wound and marvered bicone beads. Sometime in the past, probably in the heyday of the import of African Trade beads in the early 1970s, these were given the name of "King" beads. The legend has it that these were worn by African "Kings" (Chiefs)"King" beads come in a large variety of colors, trailing designs and sizes but always in a bicone shape. The earliest versions of these beads can be dated back to the mid 1800s and represented on Moses Lewin Levin bead sample cards which were donated to the British Museum in 1865.
These old Venetian "King" beads were made up to the 1920s and later versions are represented on Sick and Co. bead sample cards from this period. Still revered in Africa today, these old beads are on prominent display in Dipo Intiation ceremonies in Ghana, where the yellow forms , in particular, represent maturity and prosperity. This would explain the popularity of the yellow striped "King" beads. "King" beads are highly collectable and there are some spectacular private collections of these beads in America, Africa, Japan and Europe.

32 USD