Tanfouk or Talhakimt pendants were originally made from carnelian in India. In the 1800's and early 1900's, the German town of
Idar-Oberstein, known for gemstones and lapidary skills, produced many tanfouks. Brightly colored molded glass copies were made in the first part of the 20th
century by the Prosser pressed glass method in what is now the Czech Republic. Glass and carnelian tanfouks are worn by Tuareg and Moorish women as hair ornaments.
Both glass and carnelian tanfouk show wear and age.
We carry a full line of African beads, both old trade beads, and newer beads
made or strung in Africa for the world-wide bead trade. Trade beads are old and/or used beads, and will show varying amounts of wear. Newly-made African beads
are generally handmade in small communities. Style and availability vary.