This antique African amber was once used as ornaments in the hair of women in Mauritania. These pieces signified celebration of special occasions  such as weddings, and feature stringing holes.

African amber remains one of the most popular beads from the African trade.  Imported into Africa during the 1700s, African amber beads have different shapes associated with different African regions.  Made from resin, not fossilized tree resin, African amber beads have been handed down from generation to generation.  African amber is often found in cherry, black, brown, yellow, orange and dark honey with fine black crack lines.

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