Trendy Trade Bead Bracelets August 28 2014

After buying a strand of African trade beads in Kenya, I was inspired to mix these decorative
beads with gemstones, brass and recycled glass beads to make colorful and fun bracelets
for the summer.

African trade beads are patterned glass beads originating from Venice that would have
been used as a form of currency to exchange for goods and services between the 16th
and 20th century in Western and Northern Africa. Today they are solely decorative beads
which are largely made in Ghana.