Vintage Ebony Silver-inlaid Beads from Mali VB_0912


These beautiful black ebony wood old beads are inlaid with silver metal (the content of silver in the metal is not known). They started their life as prayer beads imitating black coral prayer beads, and have long become a highly desirable cost-effective alternative to black coral in jewelry design. Also collectible.

The rondelle beads are handmade and each bead has its own personality. The beads are about 9-12 mm, with the average around 10mm wide and about 5mm long. About 1.5-2mm beading hole.

The strand is about 22" long (beads only), about 100 beads per strand

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 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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