This is a trade bead necklace with a rather large orange coral bead measuring 22mm long by 10mm on the wide end and 8mm on the thinner end or 1" long by 1/4" on thinner end and 1/2" on thicker end.The bead is carved on the thinner end with a diamond pattern. This is an exceptional piece of orange coral. Similar quality sells for $15 a gram. This bead is around 25 grams. It is hard to find one of this quality.
The African heishi are Ostrich egg shell and range from 7-10mm in diameter or about 1/2" across or less. These are hand cut eggshell, strung, then rolled to get the even consistency. A quality heishi necklace will have round discs and even gradation. The half shells will be removed to give that smooth appearance not left as in some necklaces for that sloppy look. Fine handmade ostrich egg shell heishi from Africa. The use of ostrich egg shell to make these small "heishi" disks is an African tradition dating back thousands of years. These beads are older on the basis of their thicknesses -- i.e., the thicknesses of most fairly recently laid ostrich egg shells are thinner, apparently because of DDT pollution
Coral gemstones are known to have many healing powers and are specifically associated with the circulatory system of the body and known to have helped in curing many blood-related diseases. It is also used as a holistic aid in ensuring recovery from diseases indicated by the planet Mars, such as fever, cold and cough. Red coral jewelry is still worn as talismans in various cultures. It is presumed that the stone can help in protecting the wearer against evil spirits. In South India it is a tradition for married women to wear coral beads throughout their married life in order to bring peace and harmony into the marriage. This stone is also said to avert accidents, discord and warfare. It is believed that wearing coral can help in improving financial health and reducing debt. Wow is there anything coral can't do for you? Sounds like a sure winner to me.
This piece of art is strung on a hemp rope. The heishi section is 25" long add the 1" coral bead and the piece is 26" long, but a continuous circle. A true find.
Item ID: 1033
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