African Trade Bead Jewelry

by African Beads on October 15, 2009

African Trade Bead Jewelry is perhaps some of the most fascinating ethnic jewelry out there. Because trade beads carry such a rich and unique history, many having traveled several continents and owned by multiple people over the centuries, people who purchase this jewelry will be wearing a piece of history.

Below is a beautiful piece of African Trade Bead Jewelry created by Shannon Koszyk:


You can click on the photo to enlarge, or you can view her entire online store here. This piece of jewelry was created using Ethiopian beads (brass bicone, I believe). Shannon’s description:

Handmade brass beads, Sterling Silver wire, hook clasp, Jesus and Mary center, coptic cross and finished with a re-cast vintage Mary and Jesus shield.

This beautiful piece is going for $468. If you are on a tight budget, it’s lots of fun to create your own African trade bead jewelry. You can purchase strands or loose African beads from many places on the internet. Simply Google “African beads” or “african trade beads”. My personal favorite shop is Enjoy and good luck!

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  • Milner Gregory

     Thanks for informative post. and I really liked the African Trade Bead Jewelry. this  is a such a beautiful designing. Thank you!

  • Munmun Nishi

    Nice Blog!
    You made some fine points there.Excellent blog and great information.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this article.
    Munmun Nishi

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