We carry a wide variety 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. With all trade beads, style and availability vary greatly.
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Large Freeform Copal Trade Bead, Approx. 9-51mm
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Large Freeform 9-51mm Copal Trade Beads. 28-32" strands of approximately 60-75 rough nugget-shaped copal beads. Copal amber is also known as river resin, ocean resin, or young amber. This is not a true amber, but actually a hardened tree resin from Guinea Bissau on the West coast of Africa.