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5 "Cherry Amber" Colored Cube Beads Africa Loose

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Title 5 "Cherry Amber" Colored Cube Beads Africa Loose
Other Names African Amber
Type of Object Simulated amber (resin or plastic)
Made In Mauritania, Africa
Approximate Age Early 1900s
Overall Condition Good. These beads have traveled at least three continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.
Bead Size 19-20 mm diameter


These beads were made in Africa (probably Mauritania) and are intended to simulate amber, since true amber is both extremely prized and very scarce. Although they are an imitation, "African Amber" beads like these are beautiful and valuable in their own right.


Additional information: For more information, please see our comprehensive guide to African-made beads, African Beads: Jewels of a Continent, hardcover, 216 pages, 163 color photographs, available from Africa Direct.


These are not amber. Beads sold as "amber" by traders include beads made of amber, copal, resins and plastics. Superb ethnic jewelry, including pieces from China, Tibet, Ethiopia, Somalia and Mali, among others, are made from these "amberoids." I don't know the chemical makeup of these beads and don't want to be misleading....so I'll say they are "described as amber."