Category Archives: Ghana Beads

About Ghana Beads

The rich history of Ghanaian beads dates back to ancient times when they were first used as the King’s currency for the exchange of slaves, textiles and alcohol. Later on, they became popular in the ancient coming of age rituals for girls. Today, they are valuable as foreign exchange earners, as well as tourist attractions. The modern day woman – both African and non-African, is rediscovering the beauty of these Ghana beads which are today growing in popularity.

Colors

The colors of Ghana beads have meaning. For instance, in certain parts of Ghana, white colored beads evoke fertility; blue colored ones are associated with purity; while golden ones are a symbol of wealth. Bodom beads are yellow with a diamond shape design of a darker color such as blue and were traditionally produced to be worn exclusively by African chiefs. Once you know what the colors of your beads symbolize, wearing them becomes a much more personal experience.

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Recycled Beads

Many popular Ghana beads date back over one hundred years, having been retrieved from ancient burial grounds. However, if the idea of wearing those from a burial ground does not sit well with you, you may opt for Krobo beads which are produced from other recycled materials such as glass bottles. There are 3 main types of Krobo glass beads: powder glass, translucent and painted glass beads. Krobo beads are ideal for the environmentally conscious shopper who wishes to leave less of a carbon footprint, while still appearing elegant.

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User Gallery – Bears Beads and Chains

 

Photos courtesy of Claudia Hogue and Shari Burton – Bears Beads and Chains

Strands contain Brass Bicone Beads, Watermelon Beads, White Hearts, Krobo Beads, Kakamba Beads, Ghana Beads, Feather Beads, Eye Beads, Batik Bone Beads, Padre Beads, Ostrich Eggshell Beads, Snake Beads, Heishi Beads, and just about everything else!

 

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User Gallery – Stones by Dolores

Updated 2/3/2012 with more pictures!

Photos courtesy of Dolores Stone – Stones by Dolores

Strands contain Coral Beads, Batik Bone Beads, Sand Cast Beads, Ghana Beads, Krobo Beads, Heishi Beads, and More!

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User Gallery – The Family Jewels

Photos courtesy of Jan Goldman – The Family Jewels

Strands contain Tabular Brass Beads, Ghana Beads, Heishi Beads and Coptic Crosses.

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User Gallery – Kimberly’s Blessings

Photos courtesy of Kimberly Standiford – Kimberly’s Blessings

Strands contain Ghana Beads, White Hearts, Batik Bone Beads, Kakamba Beads, Krobo Beads, Padre Beads, Russian Blue Beads, and Many More.

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User Gallery – Gigi & James

Photos courtesy of Jamie Anderson – Gigi & James

Strands contain Padre Beads, Ghana Glass Beads, Olumbo Beads, White Hearts and Bembe Cote Beads.

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