Bauxite, Vintage (African Pipestone) 4mm


Regular price $12.00

Shipping calculated at checkout.
  • Smooth, polished strands of small African Bauxite, beads 4mm
  • Perforations about 1mm, strung on    20-inch strands with rich patina
  • Sometimes called African Pipestone because they resemble Native American “pipestone” beads, Bauxite is aluminum ore.
  • Ghana and Guinea are some of the world’s largest producers of aluminum and these beads are a happy byproduct. Their brick red color reminds me of the ubiquitous red soils, roads, and dust of Africa.
  • I bought these in Abidjan in 1970, newer ones are rarely this nicely finished.
  • They work well with trade beads, light blue chevrons (Awalleh) and other blues…