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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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Ebony Wood New
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from £1.00BSH210
Rosewood New
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from £1.00BSH211
Sandalwood New
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from £1.00BSH212
Cowrie Shells
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Small Cowrie Shells New
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Cowrie Shell Backs New
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Ostrich Shell New
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Scallop Shells
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Cone Shells New
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Shell Beads
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Coconut Shell
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Terracotta Seed Bead
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Large Stone Beads New
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Large Stone Tube Beads New
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Medium Stone
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Spindle Whorl
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from £1.00BSH018
Small Carved Bone
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Medium Carved Bone
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Terracotta Clay - Large
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from £1.00BSH201
Terracotta Clay - Small
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Black Clay - Large
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from £2.10BSH203
Black Clay - Small
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