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African Trade Bead Necklace Orange


This colourful bold tribal style necklace has been strung with vintage and modern Czech glass beads, including original Bohemian trade beads which are a traditional wedding gift among the Fulani tribes people of Mali. The orange mixed glass beads are luminous, smooth, and with bold shades up to 100 years old. They are teamed with contemporary Czech glass beads which adds texture. Czech glass beads were traded with West Africa at the beginning of  last century for natural products such as palm oil. Jewellery is a universal form of adornment. Jewellery made from shells, stone and bones survives from prehistoric times. From the dawn of time humans have worn jewellery for a number of reasons, in some cases, it denoted the wearers status, symbolised their power or marital status and bore religious relevance.

Length: 45 cm

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M A D E   I N  S Y D N E Y  All of our beautifully crafted jewellery is hand made in Sydney for those who have notably unique style and love wearing elegant eclectic statements with a sustainable element.

H I S T O R Y   O F   A F R I C A N   J E W E L L E R Y  +  A D O R N M E N T

African adornment has a rich history of trading beads for centuries; each with an untold story which can be carried, worn and treasured. Glass beads (trade beads) were first brought to Africa by Arab traders from about 200BC and European glass reached the continent in 1680.

Beads are an integral part of African culture and adornment shaped by the very nature of a tribe or nation’s geography was influenced by 3 things:

  • what is available locally (e.g. types of raw materials seeds, nuts, shells, bones, tusks, teeth etc)
  • what has been traded and bartered for centuries and (exposure to Islamic and European culture)
  • what traditions exist as beaded adornment signifies…in a symbolic language more pronounced in Africa than in any other part of the world.

Traditionally African jewellery has been used to adorn, everything from ears, heads and necks to legs arms and waists. They can be pierced, sewn or shaped onto body parts and sometimes if left for a long time can restrict movement and cause physical pain and damage to the wearer.


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