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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.


Shell Fragments - Large
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£40.00BSH216
Shell Fragments - Medium
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£40.00BSH217
Ebony Wood
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£1.00BSH210
Rosewood
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£1.00BSH211
Sandalwood
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£1.00BSH212
Leather Thong Necklace
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£9.50BSH214
Terracotta Seed Bead Strings
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£2.35BSH011
Cowrie Shells
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£2.35BSH001
Scallop Shells
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£2.35BSH002
Large Shell Beads
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£2.35BSH215
Shell Beads
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£2.35BSH003
Coconut Shell
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£2.35BSH007
Tiny Stone Bead Strings
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£9.00BSH213
Large Stone Beads
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£3.10BSH017
Large Stone Tube Beads
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£3.10BSH209
Medium Stone Beads
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£2.35BSH016
Black Clay Mix New
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£6.50BSH220
Terracotta Clay - Small
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£2.35BSH202
Terracotta Clay - Extra Large
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£1.00BSH201
Black Clay - Small
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£2.35BSH204
Black Clay - Medium
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£2.35BSH219
Black Clay - Large
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£3.10BSH218
Black Clay - Extra Large
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£1.00BSH203
Spindle Whorl
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£1.00BSH018
Small Carved Bone
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£2.35BBB201
Medium Carved Bone
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£2.35BBB203
Large Mud Beads
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£1.20BMU109
Large Mud Beads
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£1.20BMU110
Large Mud Beads
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£1.20BMU111
Large Mud Beads
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£1.20BMU112
Large Mud Beads
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£1.20BMU113
Large Mud Beads
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£1.20BMU114
 
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