King Beads, African Bi-Cones, Krobo Ghana Recycled Glass, 13-15mm Maroon

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King Beads, African Bi-Cones, Krobo Ghana Recycled Glass, 13-15mm Maroon

£6.50

Material: Glass

5 in stock

African King beads, bi-cone recycled glass from Ghana, handmade using old traditional technique with simple tools. Made by local artisans

They are known as King beads because it is believed they were worn by tribal kings and chiefs during the slave trade as a symbol of power and prosperity (especially the yellow versions)

Today they are still valued, especially in traditional ceremonies of the Krobo ethnic group, famous for glass bead-making in Ghana, and available in a variety of colours (and some will sell newly made ones as antique!!!)

can be used for both jewellery and crafts

approx 13 – 15 mm with 2.5- 3 mm hole

strand of 19-20 beads

about 14 mm in the middle, tapering to 6-10 mm at both ends

sizes are approximate and slight variations occur because they are handmade