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Natural Antique African Amber Beads

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The majority of amber in Africa actually originated as raw material found in the Baltic (an important supplier of amber worldwide for thousands of years). It was probably traded via the "incense route" down into Africa where it was cut into beads. Generally, but not always, raw lumps of amber were traded and then carved into beads by the new owners. The typical raw "wheel" shapes point to an African origin (Europeans usually preferred a more consistent and finished shape). Amber has been traded into the region for thousands of years so it's hard to accurately date them. A conservative estimate would be 100-200 years or older.

This is NATURAL antique amber, not to be confused with resin, copal or other faux impersonations of amber.

The beads vary greatly in width (hole to hole from approx 5mm-7mm) and height (approx 10mm-16mm). The strand measures approx 7 inches. The beads are temporarily strung on a length of strong waxed cotton finished with an adjustable knot for instant adornment.

You will receive the exact beads you see pictured here.

These amber beads are indeed antique pieces and their condition reflects that. Worn edges and weathering are a product of time and use...not defects.


Natural Antique African Amber Beads