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Cornaline Red Trade Beads Africa 27 Inch

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Title Cornaline Red Trade Beads Africa 27 Inch
Type of Object Wound
Made In Europe
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age Late 19th to mid 20th century
Overall Condition Fair. 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 1 badly broken bead. Large chips out of beads.
Bead Size 8-15 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison (US penny is 19 mm diameter).
Strand Length 27 inches (includes string/raffia)

Additional information: These early two layer beads with white or yellow cores were traded in both the Old and New Worlds, in Africa and both North and South America. They appear to glow from within. According to Picard, which has many examples in WHITEHEARTS, FEATHER AND EYE BEADS FROM THE WEST AFRICAN TRADE, "White hearts...may be drawn or wound. Cornaline d'Aleppo are among the most cherished beads for collectors...because of their rich outer layer color." Cornaline is the French and Italian word for carnelian, and it is believed that these beads got their name because they resembled the red color of carnelians.