Rainbow Wedding: Colorful African Wedding Beads from Mali, West Africa, Full Strand, Traditional Teardrop Shape, Boho Jewelry Making Supply

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Rainbow Wedding: Colorful African Wedding Beads from Mali, West Africa, Full Strand, Traditional Teardrop Shape, Boho Jewelry Making Supply

African Wedding Beads have long been some of my personal favorites. Their vibrant color and whimsical look is so joyous! These beads are great for earrings, bracelet accents, and other jewelry designs, or for wearing as-is.

Small teardrop shape that measures approximately 7mm wide x 16mm tall. They are drilled through the top. These beads are new, and are made in the fashion of the traditional antique Wedding Beads. They are a much more affordable option compared to the rare and much-sought-after antique beads. These new beads are also a bit smaller, and in my opinion, really great for making jewelry!

Traditionally, these beads were made in the Czech Republic in the 1950's, and exported into Africa (Mali). They are called "Wedding Beads" because on her wedding day, a bride would be given a necklace of these beads, collected by the women near and dear to her. These beads have been traded through multiple venues, hence the wear and tear on them, which adds to their beauty. Some beads have scratches on their surface, pits in the glass, or some of the surface pattern is worn off. This is what makes them unique, and adds to the intrigue and beauty.

This listing is for a full strand of these beads, approximately 142 beads. The strand is approximately 30" long (25.5" of beads and 4.5" of cotton cord at the back.


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