|Title||Bauxite Stone Carved Beads Ghana African Art|
|Type of Object||Bauxite stone|
|Made In||Ghana (probably in the village of Akyem Abompe)|
|Approximate Age||20th century|
|Overall Condition||Fair to 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||Small chips, pitting, and general wear.|
|Bead Size||6-9 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.|
|Strand Length||24 inches (including string/raffia).|
Picture is an example. Yours will be similar. You are purchasing one per order.
Additional Information: Bauxite is a kind of aluminium ore and is a beautiful dark rusty chestnut color. These wonderful 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.