Antique Dutch African Trade Pastel colors and Moon Glass Beads Strand VB_0149E


On offer is a beautiful strand of African Trade beads in delicate pastel beiges, whites and light blues. Most of the beads in the strand are highly prized opalescent beads commonly knowns as Moon beads. These beads are believed to be of Dutch origin, however they may have been actually made in Germany, and then sold to the Dutch, who then traded them in Africa. They were made in the 1800's. These were particularly popular with the Dogon people in Mali, but were also traded elsewhere in Africa and the Americas.

The beads range in size from 7 to 15mm. Hole size varies between about 2-4 mm. The strand is 28" long including the stringing, with about 23" of beads.

The beads are old, and some show age-appropriate patina. Several beads are chipped, and other beads may show age-appropriate ticks and imperfections.

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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