This necklace features twenty seven old (made in 1900s) but in good condition African Kiffa beads used in combination with four red African Wedding Beads from Mali and Lapis Lazuli gemstone beads to bring out the blue. Each pair of beads in this necklace is separated with a gold plated copper bead/disc. Antique gold finish bead cones and a shiny gold finish hook clasp complete this resplendent red, blue and yellow piece.
The rich, vibrant colors of authentic handmade African Kiffa beads coordinate very well with the warmth of gold, red and deep blue and make this unique necklace a heirloom worthy piece for your wardrobe. It has a length of approx. 19 inches.
Kiffa beads are rare African powder glass beads, named after the Mauritanian city of Kiffa, and were first documented in 1949 by French ethnologist R. Mauny. They represent one of the highest levels of ingenuity and artistic skill in the art of making beads as they are created in open fires using simple tools and recycled from materials like pulverized European glass beads or their fragments, bottle glass, pottery shards, tin cans, twigs, steel needles in combination with gum arabic.
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This gorgeous collectible necklace features an antique silver pendant from Rajasthan (from the early 1900s) surrounded by vintage trade and handmade silver beads. Right above the pendant are four handmade Hill tribe silver tube beads with the traditional floral motifs.
The eight black and red Venetian beads are from the Venetian African trade and estimated to be dated late 1800-early 1900s.
The ten bicone matte black beads are Czech glass beads. These beads are accentuated by sixteen hand-rolled Hill Tribe silver bicone beads, two tribal artisan handmade silver bi-cones from Ethiopia and Ethiopian silver Heishi beads.
The necklace closes in a sterling silver hook clasp from Bali and is approx. 17 inches long and extendible upto 20 inches with the help of the sterling silver extension chain. A sterling silver "ghunghroo" trinket from Jaipur hangs at the end of the extension chain.
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