Our selection of African "amber" beads includes loose beads and strands of collector beads. These rare beads can be hard to restock, so don't wait to buy and be sorry later! Research by Angela Fisher (author of Africa Adorned) and others suggests that very little African "amber" is true Baltic amber. Most is probably made in Europe and carved in Africa. Some may be Copal resin ("young amber" from Zanzibar) that is formed into beads, some may be a blend of natural and manmade resins, and some may be made from phenolic plastic. Strands of African amber often include a variety of beads with different compositions and ages. We make no guarantees about these beads - we pick strands we consider attractive based on our own values and experience. We believe that some of the beads are much older than others.