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This collection of ethnographic beads in warm milk and honey hues is a pleasure to look at and wear. Beads include 2 fluted, antique Ethiopian tribal silver beads (actual silver content unknown), vintage and new bone, horn and mixed metal spacers (contemporary verdis gris copper, brass, silver plate and old Asian coins), also some natural colored bamboo coral because I like the texture and color.

The amber resin beads illustrate the time honored practice of creating faux fossil - amber beads in Africa and Tibet. Not as costly as fossil amber, these beads are collectible in their own right. Even contemporary versions are often skillfully crafted, requiring hand finishing and distressing by the makers. The beads in this collection source from different countries and time periods, including contemporary. They are made from any number of materials including powdered fossil amber and new amber powdered copal and/or vegetal amber mixed with binding agents such as resin, phynolic resin, organic and synthetic dyes. None of these beads are pure Baltic or old fossil amber, but I think they are beautiful as any other ethnographic beads are beautiful with their organic shapes, color variations, and varying degrees of patina or smooth surfaces.

22 inches If you'd like a 4 inch length of chain added to allow for adjustment let me know when you order.

FINAL PHOTO shows this necklace paired with 2 other necklaces. The golden amber necklace is listed in my shop. The longer, embellished Mongolian purse on old vintage Tibetan amber is sold. THIS LISTING IS FOR THE CHUNKY AMBER RESINS STRAND ONLY

Treasury Item Ethnographic Chunky Tribal beads trophy necklace


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: bone, amber resins, silver, copper, bamboo coral
  • Only ships within United States.
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