These are really enchanting and delicate beads hailing from the Dogan Tribe in Mali. Called "Dutch Donuts" because of their donut-like shape, and because they are Dutch beads that were traded into Africa. These beads are old, as old as the 1500's. They are made of glass that was wrapped around a mandrel and formed into this round shape. They have obviously been treasured, worn, and travelled far.
This listing is for 10 loose beads that measure approximately 1 1/4". These beads have large holes. They are wound glass, so on some beads you can feel where the thread of glass started or ended. Some of them do have slight pits or markings on their surface, but nothing that detracts from the beauty of the beads.
These are pretty unusual in this opaque blue color. It is more common to find these in a frosted clear, or translucent blue.
I have one strand that is intact if you are interested in a full strand.
These beads are old. They do show some dirt and minor chips on some of the edges, but this is part of their beauty, and attests to their age.
African beads have such mystery attached to them; they have been worn for decades, travelled continents, and will be around for hundreds of years into the future. Be a part of the mystery and let these beads grace you with their presence.
**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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