|Title||2 "Cherry Amber" Simulated Cube Beads Africa|
|Other Names||African Amber|
|Type of Object||Silver (unknown metal content)|
|Made In||Mauritania, Africa|
|Approximate Age||Early 1900s|
|Overall Condition||Good to fair. 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.|
|Damage/Repair||Scratches and chips, pits.|
|Bead Size||18-19 mm diameter, 17- 18 mm p-p.|
Picture is an example. Yours will be similar. Color varies from red to orange hues.
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."