Vintage or Antique Agate Beads from the African Trade VB_0887_A


A strand of 14 cylindrical-shaped vintage or antique black agate beads from the African Trade.  The beads are of a beautiful black color with a white band, partially semi-translucent, and partially opaque, where these two properties are seen on many of the same beads.  One side of each bead ground into a tapered cone to create an unusual shape.   The beads are sourced in West Africa.  The precise cut and the combination of colors indicate that they were likely cut at the Idar-Oberstein factories in Germany. 

Bead sizes: 36x9mm

The strand is about 21" long.

The beads are of venerable age, and while most are in very good shape,  some have nicks and chips consistent with age.  Please see the photos for the detail.

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 the naked eye depending on your monitor settings.

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