A Strand of Vintage African Trade Carnelian Cylindrical Beads of Unusual Shape



 These vintage African Trade Carnelian Agate beads are of an unusual cylindrical shape with a cone at one end of the bead. Exactly where these beads came to Africa from is not known. The sharp cuts at the edges indicate a possible Idar-Oberstein production, although this is not a typical shape for Idar-Oberstein beads. As most of the older Agate and carnelian beads were imported to Africa from India, these may also be old Indian imports.

The beads are generally in good condition, although some show age-appropriate nicks and chips on some beads.

A few representative examples are shown in the photos. You can order a specific strand, or just let us choose for you by selecting a random strand. We will pick the best of the available stock.

Each strand is approximately 20" long excluding raffia and has about 16-20 beads on each. The beads range between 15-50 mm in length and 7-10 mm in diameter.

Note: several strands are shown in some photos. This listing is for ONE strand

Weights and sizes are approximate.

IMPORTANT NOTE. In the world of beads, and especially ancient and antique beads, errors in identification are common. We do our best to research and classify our beads accurately, however, mistakes are certainly possible. If you are a bead expert and notice any errors in the description, we invite you to please contact us and let us know. We are always grateful for any new information. We also accept returns no questions asked. See our Return Policy for detail.

COLORS: Our photos are taken in different lighting in an attempt to show how beads look in different lighting conditions. We make every effort to show colors as accurately as possible. The white background photos are taken in daylight conditions. The black background photos are taken in the strong lab light and would be representative of what they would look like in the evening electric light. Some of the photos are backlit to emphasize their translucency. Note that monitor settings strongly affect the way the colors look. What you see on your monitor may differ from what you see with a naked eye depending on your monitor settings.

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