Mali Wedding Beads


On offer are authentic glass wedding beads from Mali. These are collectible beads, They are Bohemian in origin, manufactured for the African Trade in the late 1800s-early 1900s. Worn throughout West Africa, and especially treasured by the Fulani women in Mali, these beads are traditionally a gift from Mother to Daughter for her wedding.

The beads are mostly pear-shaped, about 15 x 25 mm, and about 1mm stringing hole. The strand is about 30" long, including stringing material.  All strands are overall very much alike, and yet every strand is unique in the specific variety of beads. You get a random strand.  A few samples are shown in the photos.

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.

WE COMBINE SHIPPING and will refund any overage. Contact us when placing the order and we will work with you to ensure the best available shipping cost.