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Afrikan necklace 6

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  • $1095.00
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    0.75 lbs
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Please read through the entire description and ask all questions prior to purchase.  Sale of this item is final with no refund.  We do not offer international shipping.

This necklace is sold.  However, I have enough materials to create only one special order necklace.  There is no uniformity in the hippo teeth beads, so these beads will not be an exact match to those pictured.  Please inquire first.

Components:  money cowry shell, copper British colonial coins, petrified hippo teeth beads, carnelian beads, small conch shell beads, Ndali brass ring beads, cluster glass beads.

The money cowry was the first form of univers currency used on the Afrikan continent and should not be confused with the shiny yellowish ring top cowry from the Philippines which are often used as a substitute.  The money cowry is a thick shell, the Philippine shell is much thinner. Reddish orange gem stone beads are carnelian.  The British minted these copper coins for their East Afrikan colonies.  The large beads are made from petrified hippopotamus teeth.  These are rare.  Separating these are very small conch shell beads.  Small yellow glass beads clusters along with the barely visible brass Ndali beads.

  • Cowry shells: the cowry shell is used widely throughout West and Central Afrika. The particular cowry I use is called money cowry. It was harvested off of the coast of Angola and traded in Congo and as far west as Benin in West Afrika. This cowry differs visually from other forms of cowry its size such as the ring top cowry which is grayish with a yellow ring encircling the top. Unlike the money cowry which is white and matt (not shiny), the ring to has a shiny finish. These generally come from parts of Asia and are often sold as Afrikan jewelry. In the 1990s the money cowry was reported to be endangered. Given the popularity of contemporary Afrikan jewelry produced for tourists and export, overharvesting should not be surprising. A third type of cowry in this size category is yellow, shiny and not Afrikan.

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