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African Trade Bead Necklace with Ethiopian Aluminum Spacers & Dzi Bead

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The focal bead here is a copy of a Dzi bead. The bead is stone and the design is made by mixing a paste with a certain herb, painting it onto the bead and then heating it. A traditional and interesting bead. It was probably made in the late 1900s. The aluminum spacers are traditionally made out of pots and pans in Ethiopia for jewelry making and trade. The copper spacers are made in Kenya. Even the brown spacer beads are glass and are classical little trade beads. It is strung on a strong cotton cord and lies well on the neck. The Necklace is 21 1/2 inches long, would look great on a man methinks..

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