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. Antique amber from Mauritania includes oblong and diamond shaped beads, often with two or three well worn drilled holes to allow Maure women to wear them as hair ornaments. African amber is often found in cherry, black, brown, yellow, orange and dark honey with fine black crack lines.
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