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 – 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 – 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 – Gogograndmothers

Photos courtesy of Jacque Entzminger – Gogograndmothers

Description:
The red bead represents AIDS, the black bead, death, and the heart is a gogo caring for orphaned children. The three sand cast beads represent three orphans a typical gogo cares for. The cross symbolizes the love of Jesus for the gogos and orphaned children. The green beads represent a gogo’s garden and yellow bead, the maize she grows. The “O” (for orphan) bead represents the village Early Childhood Development Centers where trained caregivers feed and educate vulnerable children. The clay bead symbolizes the handmade bricks used to build homes and an ECDC center. The silver beads represent our prayers and love for one another.

Gogograndmothers is a non-profit ministry of SAFE-Africa. We provide food security, educational opportunity and spiritual hope to a village gogo and the orphans in her care through sponsorships ($30/month) and fundraising. The story bracelet is one of the things we sell to spread the word and raise funds. More information about our ministry can be found at Gogograndmothers.com.

Strands contain Krobo Beads, White Hearts, Silver Beads, Bicone Beads, and Kakamba Beads


User Gallery – Grace Jewelry

Photos courtesy of Clara Brosnaham Reeves – Grace Jewelry

Strands contain Millefiore Beads, Coin Metal Beads, Krobo Beads, Ghana Beads, French Cross Beads, Brass Beads, and Silver Beads

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User Gallery – African Jewelry Design

Photos courtesy of Marsha Eaton – African Jewelry Design

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

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User Gallery – Grace Norris

 

Photos courtesy of Grace Norris.

Strands Contain Ghana Beads, Glass Disk Beads, Krobo Beads, and More.

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Why Yellow Is A Common Color in African Antique Beads


Yellow is a common color for older antique beads mainly because this color was a popular choice for trade beads in ancient times.  Yellow beads were also common during ancient times, mainly because the color yellow was easy to create. As such the color yellow was obtainable in the form of dyes which were then used to give the beads that distinct yellow color that they still retain centuries later.  Old antique yellow beads were valued for their attractive color which attracted attention and made the wearer of a yellow bead jewelry item stand out from the crowd. Older antique beads are over a century old and are very rare.  Today, old antique yellow beads remain just as attractive for use as embellishments on clothing as well as standalone jewelry pieces.


African Trade Beads – History & Uses

African trade beads originated from Europe and were in the past used for trading purposes in Africa in the period between the 17th century and the early 20th century. Before the abolition of slavery, these beads were historically used by chiefs as currency in exchange for slaves, as well as gold and ivory. African trade beads were also popular amongst the African men and women of social standing as they were also a symbol of wealth.

One of the most common materials used to make African trade beads in the past was Venetian glass. Other materials included wood, metal and coral. Today, African trade beads are becoming common accessories on the bodies of discerning females. Both girls and women, whether African or not, are embracing African trade beads and adorning their bodies with exquisite jewelry items such as bracelets and necklaces. Hobbyists also indulge themselves in beading projects using these beads, while African history enthusiasts are fast becoming avid collectors as well.

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Origin of African Trade Beads

African trade beads came about as a result of the need for traders along the route between Europe and Africa for a currency to trade with the Africans. Beads fitted here as the most appropriate medium of exchange due to the affinity that African people had for various types of beads. The trade beads were therefore used for purposes of battering goods of value from the peoples of Africa such as ivory, gold, and palm oil.

The history of African trade beads dates as far back as the fifteenth century with the coming of the Portuguese. Upon arrival in West Africa, the Portuguese discovered just how important beads were to the African people. The beads they found were crafted out of various objects and materials including gold, iron, ivory, organic objects and bone. At the same time, the Portuguese discovered that the resources that the European market was desperate for were in abundance in Africa. The traders therefore decided to use glass beads as a medium in bartering for goods and raw materials with the Africans.

Glass beads were particularly singled out because glass working technology had not yet been discovered in Africa. Therefore, the African people were in awe of the exquisite beads of glass that the European traders had to offer. Because these beads were also used in bartering slaves, they were to later earn the name “slave beads” or aggry beads. Europe responded to the popularity and increased demand for African trade beads by increasing production in cities such as Venice which is today still famous for its unique and rare glass beads.