Old Serpentine Beads from West Africa



These 6 dark green Serpentine come from Mauritania. These are antique beads dating to the late 1800 - early 1900s.

The beads are in excellent shape. However, as appropriate for the age, some nicks and chips may be present. Please see the photos for the detail. They are made in the style of ancient serpentine beads (see our Ancient Stone Beads listings for the ancient varieties; the way to tell the difference is to look at the holes). Serpentine has been highly prized in West Africa since antiquity, so much so that it is sold by weight.

The Listing is for ONE bead, please choose one at checkout.

Bead A: 42g 36x28mm

Bead B: 50g 44x26mm

Bead C: 54g 50x26mm

Bead D: 72g 48x32mm

Bead E: 46g 46x24mm

Bead F: 58g 48x27mm

The hole size is approximately 4mm, varying somewhat from bead to bead,

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.

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.