These were a special gift from the parents of another physician/professor at the Medical School where my husband was also a Professor. They were very fine and cultured people (his mother started the Nursing program in Ghana-His father was active in the politics of his country) . I received them in the 1980s.
The bead making industry in Ghana produces wonderful beads, they are also an example of substainability and recycling. The beads are called Krobo beads and they are glass. There are three types of glass beads: 1. powderglass beads, 2. rough little pieces of glass, 3. the last type of beads are quite similar to the second type, but only one piece of glass is used and they can be cut from window glass. All beads are finished by grinding and washing on stone and polished with oil. The beads are baked in an oven and powered by firewood, taken out and painted. All the beads are made by hand. Evidence of glass bead production in Ghana has been found as early as 700 A.D. Beads are worn during important ceremonies, including DIPO, a girl's coming of age. The young teenage girl wears huge amounts of beads around the neck, waist and limbs. At weddings, the bride will wear beads paid for by her husband. Her waist beads will be worn permanently for the rest of her life. Beads are also worn by the chiefs at all times.
The set is classified as a full parure set (necklace, earrings and bracelet). The necklace has a hook clasp, the bracelet has a spring ring clasp. The main bead is cylinder shaped with gold, black, red and white paints. There are large green circular polished beads and gold clear unpainted glass beads used as separators. The clasp appears to be gold plated. The earrings are French hook pierced earrings. is gold plated.
Item ID: A5186
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