Amazing antique Tuareg silver ring with light blue glass bead, from Mali.
The metal comes from ancient coins of the French colonists of 19ch Century.
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.
This ring brings an old light blue glass beads made in Bohemia at early 20th Century and trade in Africa.
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. Many of these beads have been attributed to being made in Germany, France and the Netherlands as well.
The heyday of this "trade" period was from the mid 1800s through the early 1900s when millions of these beads were produced and traded 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: 1,8 cm/ 0,70 inches