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African Trade Bead Necklace

$ 52.00

Similar to beads used as currency by African tribes when trading with Europeans since the 14th century.  These beads were highly prized and appealed to the African people’s fondness for vivid colors. Our colorful jewelry simulates those ancient trade beads. Wear twisted (as shown) or loose for a fuller look. Made in USA. Brass with goldtone finish. 18"l.