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Bright glass African seed beads form a rich, multi-color tapestry of six strands twisted into a 3/8" (10mm) thick rope.

Five antique glass 15/16 x 9/16" (23x15mm) elongated "pears" are strung into the seed beads. Two smaller brass beads are on the side.

The large glass bulbs are vintage Mali Wedding beads. In the Fulani tribe, the mother strings a colorful assortment of beads on raffia as a gift to her daughter on the daughter's wedding day.

The beads in this necklace are from a long strand of Mali wedding beads. These blown-glass beads were made in Czechoslovakia in the 18th century.and traded into Africa by the beginning of the 19th century. They soon replaced similar-shaped traditional Fulani ceramic wedding beads.

Each necklace I make will be different as no two beads are identical. You'll get a nice color balance from the bulbs in the last picture, using both opaque and clear. If you have a strong preference either for or against any of the colors, please tell me by number; otherwise, I'll just follow my muse. The necklace in the first picture has already sold.

Finished length is approximately 18" (45cm) with a 2" (5cm) extender. Matching earrings are in the third pic:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/103708790/african-glass-multicolor-seed-bead-6

I love incorporating traditional tribal beads into my designs, fusing time and cultures.
Meredith Karen Laskow

Mali wedding bead African glass seed bead multicolor 6-strand necklace

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  • Materials: glass, metal
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  • Ships worldwide from California, United States