Granite Bead in Sterling Silver
This Granite bead is very special. First of all, I'll tell you about it. It is a form of Granite called Gneiss. The bead was made and worn between 200BC and 300AD in Djenne, Mali, on the West Coast of Africa. When I acquire these beads from African Bead dealers, I sometimes find ancient Roman Glass Beads in the Strand, so dirty that they looked like the Granite and are slipped onto the strand.
This bead is particularly romantic because the stone has been worn away on the hole on both sides. It was worn for so long on something perhaps abrasive and simply wore away. I've capped the sides in Sterling Silver, but the angle they lie in is because of the slanted holes.This Granite bead is such a lovely grey.
One has to wonder about this, who wore it, what life that person led... Granite is the foundation stone of Mother Earth. A truly Magical Bead.
Materials: Sterling Silver, 14k Gold Filled, Copper, Lead-Free Pewter, Trade Bead, Swarovski Crystal (remove everything that does not apply, add anything that needs to be mentioned)