Rework Necklace with old light blue glass trade beads made in Murano, Venezia at the late 20th Century and found in Mali, old bronze separators from Mali and little Tuareg silver beads.
The necklace also features some Islamic "Hajj" Beads. Hajj beads are worn by Muslims who have made the pilgrimage to Mecca, These are made from a gorgeous crimson glass with Arabic writing and symbols.
These beads are made in the Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia) especially for pilgrims to Mecca.
Only those who have made the journey (the hajj) are entitled to wear them, but the beads sometimes find their way into traders' pouches and are sold to non-pilgrims.
These beads were made in Europe were imported by the thousands to Africa beginning in the late 1800s and traded or sold for various things.
The necklace also appreciates some antique Alisei beads or 'Trade wind' , little blue beads made of tempered glass with some oxidation patina, manufactured in Brahamapury, India, around 1400 and shipped to Africa on arab merchant ships using monsoons and oceanic streams.
Necklace length 20 cm / 7,8 inches
Some of our beads have traveled at least two continents, and have graced numerous owners. Small chips, corrosion, and pitting are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.