Amazing antique african silver ring with old red glass trade bead, from Mali.
The metal comes from ancient coins of the French colonists of 19ch.
During the French colonization in West africa, the French currency had no value, so the settlers used it as material exchanges.
The French coins were silver, and local artisans used it as material for the elaboration of jewels.
The term "Trade Beads" typically applies to beads made predominately in Venice and Bohemia and other European countries from the late 1400s through to the early 1900s and traded in Africa and the Americas. This ring brings an old shining red glass beads made in Bohemia at early 20th Century and trade in Africa.
Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners. Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use. We examine each piece carefully when we find it. Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Ring size: 2 cm/ 0,78 inches