Vintage bauxite beads


Vintage African bauxite beads, slightly graduated strand

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Length of the strand, 44 inches, 160+ beads. Each bauxite rondelle shaped bead measures approx. 9-14 mm.diam. x 5-9 mm.from hole to hole.
The beads were hand carved with primitive technique and they have been polished.

Bauxite is a kind of aluminium ore and is a beautiful dark rusty chestnut color. All African bauxite beads are hand made and drilled, making these beads very labor demanding. Bauxite beads like these have been imported from Africa for decades. What attracts most buyers to them is their beautiful natural color. These wonderful beads were cut, carved, polished and drilled by hand in Ghana.. Most of the production of bauxite beads today is in a small village called Akyem Abompe. The patina of bauxite beads is warm and earthy .

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Weight 200 g


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