A Strand of Vintage African Trade Gray-Brown Agate Beads S16


 These vintage African Trade Agate bicone beads are of a rare gray color with brown-black and dove gray tones. Please see the photos for details. The color of the beads ranges from gray to black to brown depending on the light, and the photos partially reflect this range of colors. There is significant variability in what the beads look like depending on the lighting conditions.

Exactly where these beads came to Africa from is not known. These may be an Idar-Oberstein production, although there is somewhat less precision in the edge cuts than Idar-Oberstein beads typically have. As most of the older Agate and carnelian beads were imported to Africa from India, these may also be old Indian imports. In fact, Indian imports are typically much older than European imports,

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

You will get the exact strand shown in this photo.

Each strand is approximately 22" long including raffia, about 19" of beads. The beads range approximately 17-25 mm in length and 8-13 mm in diameter.

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 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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