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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Approximately 2x1-3/8" (50x35mm) glass tanfouk pendants (a.k.a. talhakimt pendants). Glass and carnelian tanfouks are worn by Tuareg and Moorish women as hair ornaments. Both our glass and carnelian tanfouk show wear and age. Tanfouk or Talhakimt pendants were originally made from carnelian in India.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.