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Bauxite Stone Beads Slices Handmade Ghana Africa

Regular Price: $24.95

Special Price: $17.00

Product #: 93717
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Title Bauxite Stone Beads Slices Handmade Ghana Africa
Type of Object carved stone beads
Made In Ghana, probably in Akyem Abompe
Traded In West Africa
Approximate Age 20th century
Overall Condition Good. Some of our 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.
Damage/Repair Chips, cavities, general wear.
Bead Size 6-7 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19mm diameter).
Strand Length 26 inches (includes string/raffia)


Picture is an example. Yours will be similar.  You are buying one strand per order.

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.


Bauxite is a kind of aluminium ore and is a beautiful dark rusty chestnut color. These wonderful old beads were 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. These look lovely mixed with ostrich egg heishi.