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Shell Beads "White Coral" West Africa

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Title Shell Beads "White Coral" West Africa
Other Names White Coral, Ivory (but they are neither!)
Type of Object Carved shell
Made In West Africa
Traded In Africa
Approximate Age 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 11-18 mm diameter. See picture with penny for size comparison.
Strand Length 24 inches (including string/raffia).

Additional Information: Carved shell beads from West Africa where they are called "White coral".

These beads are often sold by traders as white coral or ivory. They are neither--they are actually from the center on a conch shell. Wonderful variety of shape and shade.