1. African Trade Beads, 2. Recycled Glass Trade Beads, 3. Yellow Glass Krobo Beads, 4. Cirrus Green Kazuri Bead
5. Watermelon Chevron Beads, 6. African Style Lampwork Glass, 7. Round Kiffa Beads, 8. Sand Cast Trade Beads
While trade beads are technically those that have been used as currency - traded and bartered for everything from food to people - new handmade beads from Africa are also traveling under the umbrella of trade beads, and are just as alluring as their vintage and antique counterparts. Many are made from recycled glass or vinyl, and allow artisans in underdeveloped communities to earn a living to support their families.
1. Trade Bead and Turquoise Necklace, 2. Red and Blue Ceramic Pendant, 3. I Think I'm in Love Bracelet, 4. African Peace Sign Pendant
5. Orange Coral Necklace, 6. African Kazuri Lariat, 7. Trade Bead Earrings, 8. Tribal Blue Krobo Earrings
The look of trade beads is often imitated in new, mass produced beads, in a variety of materials from lucite and acrylic to glass and bone. Some are created with traditional colors and patterns, while others have their own tribal vibe or earthy colors.
Do you have a favorite bead style for tribal jewelry designs?
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