Deep Blue Trade Bead Bracelet
Linked bead bracelet made with two African trade bead from Ghana, lapiz lazuli and kyanite semi-precious stones, recycled glass beads and a faceted brass bead from Nigeria. A handmade brass anchor charm from Nigeria hangs from the clasp.
The African trade beads in this bracelet are the ones with blue and yellow patterns. A glass bead technique learned from the Venetians; these decorative beads would have been used as a form of currency to exchange for goods (gold, ivory, palm oil, timber) and services between the 16th and 20th century in Western and Northern Africa.