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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 use 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 10 for the price of 9
Applies to all £2.35 packs of beads. Your discount will be applied automatically at the checkout.

Nature's Treasure Bag
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Shell Fragments - Large
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Leather Thong Necklace
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Terracotta Seed Bead Strings
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Large Cowrie Shells
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Cowrie Shells
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Scallop Shells
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Large Snail Shell Beads
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Snail Shell Beads
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Coconut Shell Large
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Coconut Shell
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Medium Stone Beads
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Small Stone Beads New
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Black Clay Mix
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Black Clay Cone
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Black Clay Disc
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Black Clay - Small
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Black Clay - Medium
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Black Clay - Large
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Spindle Whorl
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Small Carved Bone
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Medium Carved Bone
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