|Title||Coffee Bean Wedding Trade Beads European Africa 26 Inch|
|Type of Object||Molded glass|
|Approximate Age||Mid 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.|
|Bead Size||6-7 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||Minimum 26 inches (includes string/raffia)|
Photo is an example, your item will be similar.
Additional information: "Wedding Beads" were made in the Czech Republic specifically for the African trade in the 1950s and started being exported from Africa to the US and Europe in the 1980s.
These beads come in several different shapes, colors and patterns. One of the most popular shape is the round tear drop. Another attractive shape is the flat tear drop. "Wedding beads" also were made as flat tabular shapes, stylized claw shapes and other varieties.
You can read more about these beads in COLLECTIBLE BEADS (Liu) and you can see examples of them being worn in Africa in AFRICA ADORNED (Fisher).