Category Archives: Metal Beads

About Tuareg Brass Beads

Tuareg beads originate from the nomadic Tuareg people of North Africa. Tuareg beads are created by skilled Tuareg bead makers who pass the knowledge on to future generations, just as their forefathers have been doing for over a thousand years.

These beads are unique and high quality and used to create exquisite jewelry items.

Some common items crafted include crosses made using the ancient lost wax technique of bead making. Here, softened wax is shaped and applied in a clay mold which is then fired using a goat skin bellows.

The basic Tuareg bead cross can then be shaped, engraved and thereafter polished to create an awe-inspiring jewelry item.

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About Heishi Beads

Heishi beads have a fascinating origin which is linked to the ancient history of the Santo Domingo and San Felipe Pueblo Indians who were most proficient in the crafting of these beads.

Experts regard Heishi beads as the oldest form of jewelry in New Mexico and North America, as they pre-date to the period before the introduction of metals.

The “heishi” in heishi beads literally means “shell”, with particular reference to the pieces of shell which are drilled and ground into the beads and then strung into necklaces.

Today, however, heishi has come to refer to tiny beads made by hand out of any naturally occurring material.

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About Metal Ring Beads

Today, ring beads have become increasingly popular and are ideal to use as focal points for crafting interesting jewelry projects. These beads are available in a wide variety of materials including metals such as brass, copper and silver and are popularly used in showcasing the natural beauty of these metals.

Ring beads take on the form of circular disks with a large central hole quite similar to that found in a Dutch Donut bead. This makes them easy to string because their holes are conventionally-placed. With leather for stringing, you may use a handful of beautiful brass ring beads from Ethiopia to create exquisite ring bead jewelry pieces.

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About Coptic Crosses

Coptic crosses have a rich history as being popularly worn by Ethiopian Christian converts for over 1,600 years.

Their designs vary widely and are indicative of the town or province from which they originate. Most crosses were crafted using the lost wax technique and tend to exhibit elaborate designs showing Latin, Greek, Egyptian and Celtic influences.

Generally, the older the Coptic cross, the better its quality of silver.

Coptic crosses serve well as exquisite centerpieces for beautiful beaded necklaces. For instance, you may add a Coptic cross to a strand of beautiful Ghana glass beads to produce a charming necklace to dazzle onlookers with.

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About Talisman Beads

Talisman beads come in attractive colors and are commonly used to make talisman necklaces and bracelets.

Talisman beads are believed to carry special traits which could increase the wearer’s good luck, give them courage, strength, speed and even increase their skills in diplomacy. Talisman beads are also believed to be able to stand in for you when bad luck seems to be headed your way, in some instances with the bad luck collecting in your amulet or bracelet, instead of in your person.

Traditionally, the amulet or bracelet may then be disposed of at a sacred place once filled with bad luck. However, talisman beads are increasingly popular even among those who simply value them for the exquisite attractive jewelry pieces they create.

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Ivory Coast Beads

Ivory Coast beads are made out of metals such as brass and may be strung bead to bead to produce beautiful jewelry pieces.

Ivory Coast beads are hand-made and crafted by African metal smiths who are skilled in forging and fabricating beads and casting metal using the lost wax technique. This lost wax technique mainly used whit brass to create the beads through sculpting or molding a shape in wax which would then be covered with successive layers of clay in order to make a mold into which the melted brass would be poured. The metal would melt the wax which would then pour out and the metal allowed to set.

Thereafter, the mold is broken, the bead removed, filed smooth, polished and cleaned to produce a beautiful Ivory Coast bead.

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About Brass Pendant Beads

Brass pendant beads are a type of African trade beads which are hand-made and crafted out of metal. Brass pendant beads are made from brass which is an alloy of copper that contains a significant amount of zinc as well.

These pendant beads work well as beautiful centerpieces for a wide range of jewelry items. For instance, you could add a brass pendant bead as the focal point on a strand of French glass beads to create an exquisite necklace.

Brass pendant beads are products of centuries of brass bead making in West Africa, and most have been produced by the age old ancient bead making method referred to as the lost wax technique.

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About Coin Metal Beads

Coin metal is a metallic material which is fashioned into a disc and often used as currency.

Some common metals used to make coins include brass, silver, exotic metals such as gold and silver, as well as other metals like nickel, zinc and copper.

Coin metal beads are also referred to as nickel metal beads and are commonly available in metals such as brass and silver. These beads receive their name from the particular coin metal used in their construction.  As such, coin metal beads may take the form of coin silver beads and coin brass beads.

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About Boule Brass Beads

Originally found in West African countries such as the Ivory Coast, boule brass beads are made from brass and strung to produce beautiful jewelry.

Boule beads were part of a family tradition of bead making, with tools and techniques being passed on from generation to generation.

The Hausa of West Africa were particularly known to dominate the bead trade as they traveled extensively to locate beads in villages, modify them and sell them to both local and foreign merchants. These beads were originally used to make ornaments such as necklaces and bracelets that would serve as symbols of power, wealth and status in society.

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