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ETHIOPIA - Trade Bead Bracelet


Make your personal statement with this bracelet which features a dramatic brass Baule bead and African sandcast bi-cone King Beads. It's rustic and aged appearance works to any style, with Bauxite trade beads (Pipestone) accents and brass clasp. Read more about these collectible beads below.

This bracelet is a compliment to the Ethiopian Trade Bead Earrings here: http://riverpebblestonewear.com/product/ethiopia-lapis-and-trade-bead-earrings


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. Historians suggest the ancient Tuareg technique may have paved the way for the cage-like Baoule Brass Beads now produced in abundance along the Ivory Coast.
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Rediscovering Trade Beads of African and Native American trade has been inspiring and educational. Beads have been the passion of humans from earliest history. These earrings are representative of those who may have worn these 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 are said to be the ones which have been worn for a while and have absorbed natural human oil and sweat.




48 USD