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Afghanistan, Hand-Carved Artisan Heishi Spacer Beads, Serpentine

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A friend of mine, native to Afghanistan, began working with artisans and refugees there about 15 years ago with a large focus on beads and jewelry. He owns Afghan Tribal Arts and has a huge selection of beads (see my profile for more info). If you see beads on his website you would like me to carry here on Etsy, let me know and I will try to get them for you.
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Raw, hand-carved beads.

The beads I am carrying have not been polished and have a matte finish. The beads are porous, they absorb the oils of the skin and develop a rich, deep lustre. If you would like to oil them, you can apply a dab of olive oil with a cloth and wipe the strand.

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Spacer beads:

This listing is for one strand of serpentine heishi spacer beads. I scanned the beads with a ruler that shows both inches and centimeters to give you and idea of scale. The color is a pale, sea green, quite beautiful. Each strand is 14" long. I counted 14 beads to an inch, so estimated number of beads is 196.

The third photo helps show the color differences and sizes of the serpentine and jade heishi along with the jade tubes.

Afghanistan, Hand-Carved Artisan Heishi Spacer Beads, Serpentine

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  • Materials: stone, bead, serpentine
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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