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Shells & Natural Beads

Handmade shell and stone beads

Africans have always adorned themselves with shells and other natural materials and that tradition is still strong today.

Take, for example, the humble cowrie shell. It's used in jewellery and as an embellishment on textiles. Historically, it's been used as money. In fact, the Ghanaian currency - the Cedi - actually means 'cowrie'.

Also in Ghana, stone beads carved from bauxite are both ceremonial and practical: pregnant women wear bauxite beads as protection against evil words.

Bead size and scale

As a visual clue to the size and scale of our beads, we are phasing in a Star beer cap in our bead images. Why Star? Because it's the major beer of Ghana where most of our beads are made. Also, on the buy pages, we indicate approximate bead dimensions in millimetres.

Drilling bauxite beads Abombe GhanaAsanti Amishade drilling bauxite stone beads: Abompe, Ghana
Multi-buy saving - Mix 'n' Match

Any 6 for the price of 5
Applies to all £2.30 packs of beads. Your discount will be applied automatically at the checkout.


Nature's Treasure Bag
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£9.80TBA008
Cowrie Shells
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£2.30BSH001
Small Scallop Shells
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£2.30BSH002
Shell Beads
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£2.30BSH003
Coconut Shell
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£2.30BSH007
Terracotta Seed Bead
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£2.30BSH011
Very Large Stone
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£2.30BSH017
Medium Stone
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£2.30BSH016
Spindle Whorl
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from £1.00BSH018
Small Carved
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£2.30BBB201
Medium Carved
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£2.30BBB203
Terracotta Clay - Large
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from £1.00BSH201
Terracotta Clay - Small
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£2.30BSH202
Black Clay - Large
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from £2.10BSH203
Black Clay - Small
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£2.30BSH204
 
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