Ostrich Eggshell Heishi, Vintage 7mm


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  • Vintage Ostrich Eggshell from Kenya, perfectly uniform 7mm beads
  • Only one 24-inch strand available, some residue of having been worn, possibly making it more of a collector's item
  • If you are a designer and want to use them they can be washed in warm soapy water or even in a fine mesh bag in the dishwasher
  • Ostrich eggshell beads are thicker than either clam shell or snail shell beads and also have larger holes, up to 1mm
  • Ostrich eggshell beads are among the earliest human adornments, having been made in East and Southern Africa, and traded among different groups, for over 50,000 years.
  • They are still being made today in much the same way in South Africa, Namibia, and Kenya, but only older women still wear them, most are now being made for export and not finished as well as the vintage ones.