This bracelet was designed in tones of blues, browns, greens, golds and a splash of red trade beads. I always try to deal with fair trade people so the artisans receive benefits from their beautiful work. I have incorporated two recycled glass beads from Ghana in green and gold as well as a glass trade bead with the evil eye on it. There is also a large brown handcarved bone bead I've had for a while. Floating on a handmade copper ring above three copper handcrafted beads from Africa, is a darling sterling silver, sweet heart center, star charm. The charm was crafted by fellow Etsy artisan Cathy Dailey in the lost wax tradition. Check out her fabulous store. You will see some of her pieces in some of my upcoming designs. I also found room for some ostrich shell beads from my friends Eliza and Sara at Africa Direct here at Etsy. Please pay their shop a visit also. The bracelet is strung on leather and finished off with an antler bead button closure which I found during one of my treasure hunts in Connecticut.
Trade beads originated in Venice in the 1800's and made their way to Africa for trade. Many have traveled through numerous continents over time. Just think about their history and where they may have traveled. They all have stories to share with us.
The recycled glass beads are made in Ghana from bottles they collect. Reuse, reduce, recycle.
Using a flexible measuring tape*, Measure just above (towards elbow) the wrist bone, then add 1/4" to 1 " (1/2" is average) depending on how tight you like your bracelets to fit. That is the size bracelet you would wear.
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