Antique African Trade Bead Necklace with Magnesite, Pipestone, and Rare Orange Antique Beads
Colorful antique African trade beads made in the early 1900's in Europe were used for bartering with African people. African trade beads came about as a result of the need for traders along the route between Europe and Africa for a currency to trade with the Africans.
Over the years I have purchased many of these fascinating beads. Investigating the history of African trade beads is a tricky task. The antique Millefiori and Chevron beads are easily identifiable and many beads feature tell-tale signs of antiquity, such as pitting and small fractures. There are some beads, which to the trained eye, can be dated based on certain aesthetics; the way they're cut, their shape, and even designs can be indicative of the century, or era they were made.
The large rare orange beads are glass and were probably from the 1800's or earlier. Several other elements including Ethiopian brass and silver, green Prosser beads, Pipestone, Pink Peruvian Opal and very large green and olive Magnesite complete this one of a kind Ethnic style necklace.
The necklace is 19-1/2 inches.