How fun is this strand of unique beads?! If you're looking for a strand with a little bit of everything, this is it! The yellow striped beads are called Watermelon Beads, as their stripes look the outside of a watermelon. The red & white are called Gooseberry Beads, named after the stripes on them that resemble an actual gooseberry. The yellow are Glass Pinion Beads, named for the resemblance to a round gear.
Average Bead Size: 6x4mm
Hole Size: 1-1.5+mm
Approximate Number of beads: 150
Strand Length: 26"
They come strung on twisted twine in a loop, the way African beads are traditionally strung on raffia, measuring approximately 26" (twisted twine measures 4.5" and the the bead portion is 21.5").
These beads date back as to the early 1900's and were made in Venice, Italy, before being traded into Africa. Since they are so old, they do show some minor dirt and scratches, and some of the ends are slightly chipped or worn, indicating that they are true trade beads. That is part of the beauty of African Trade Beads.
**As many of my products come from Nepal, a portion of my proceeds will be donated to the Unicef and Americares Nepali relief efforts. **
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