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Trade Beads, African Clay Beads, 2-5mm

Material: Clay
Color: Natural
Item Size: Approx. 2-5mm
Hole Size: 1.0MM
Country of Origin: Mali
Handmade: Yes
Catalog Page Number: N/A
Stock#: 22-523-01
African clay beads, 34-36" strands. 2-5mm earth tone clay seed beads. Similar to clay seed beads (these are said to be ancient beads collected by sifting desert sands). Questions? Call our friendly sales staff at 1-800-366-2156, or click the chat support button to ask a question. More details...
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California lead classification for this item: Class 1

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Regular Price: $3.00/ st

Trade Beads, African Clay Beads, 2-5mm
Trade Beads, African Clay Beads, 2-5mm

There has been some question regarding the origin of these beads, with some believing they are ancient and some believing they are made now or recently. We believe these inexpensive and plentiful beads are ancient (approx. 600 years old, from the 15th or 16th century) and have been "sifted from the sand."

These beads have been found scattered across desert sands and at burial sites in Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Burkina Faso, etc. It seems unlikely that bead makers would go through the time consuming process required to create these ancient looking beads. They are so cheap it just wouldn't be profitable.

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