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Stone Beads Carnelian Polished Agate Nigeria Africa

Regular Price: $275.00

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Product #: 98434
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Title Stone Beads Carnelian Agate Nigeria Africa
Type of Object Agate and carnelian stone
Made In Nigeria
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Ancient?
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 Dirt and general wear; see pictures for detail.
Bead Size 0.5-1.5 inches long. Please see picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19mm diameter)
Strand Length 10 inches of beads

Additional information: Carnelian, also known as “red agate,” is a semi-precious gemstone—a form of chalcedony tinted by iron oxides. It occurs in a range of colors, from milky white to to an earthy red-brown. Carnelian has been used since ancient times as a decorative element in jewelry. Some cultures also saw magical qualities in the stone, believing it could instill courage in battle, promote fertility and cure illnesses.

Historically, carnelian was mined in India or Brazil and then traded around the world. It made its first appearance in Africa when Arab traders began carrying the stone with them on their trips across the Sahara. Carnelian fetched a high price in the bustling trading centers of West Africa and remains a sought-after commodity there, especially among the Fulani, Wodaabe and Tuareg peoples.