Small Saucer Bi-cone Beads from Mali, Silver Alloy (12x9mm) VB_0181



These saucer-shaped beads come from West Africa, specifically from Mali. While the exact metal content of these beads is unknown, they are believed to be made by melting and reusing old silver coins. Oxidation of these beads over time indicates the presence of silver in the metal. Some of the strands are more patinated than others. Please see the last photo for the color variation.  Please indicate your preference at checkout.

The beads are hollow and light-weight, and are about 11-13mm diameter x 7-9mm wide hole to hole, although beads being handmade are all slightly different in size. There are approximately 100 beads per strand.   The stringing hole is about 2mm. The beads are handmade, and no two are exactly alike. The size varies plus-minus 2mm. 

These beads are old and some may show wear such as nicks, small seam holes, and other minor imperfections.

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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