Rework Necklace with old light blue glass beads from Cotonou (Benin), old bronze separators and pendants from Ivory Coast, little silver beads hand made by Tuareg people from Mali, old molded green and yellow glass beads made in Bohemia in 20th century, commonly called Vaseline Glass.
The necklace also features some Islamic "Hajj" Beads and Pendant. 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. The white arrow pendant agate stone is probably made in Idar-Obertein, Germany and imported to Africa in the early 1900s.
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 and shipped to Africa on arab merchant ships using monsoons and oceanic streams.
These beads were made in Europe or Asia were imported by the thousands to Africa beginning in the late 1800s and traded or sold for various things.
The quartz beads come from Niger and date from Neolithic. Many neolithic ateliers for the manufacturing of beads of semi-precious stones have been discovered in Niger and Mali.
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.
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