flower petal beaded stud dangles with periwinkle fulani trade beads
Measurements: Earrings are approximately 1 1/4" long and 3/4" wide. Earring post is 20 gauge sterling.
A flower petal horizon line. An arc of antique African trade beads. Lightweight and just in time for Spring. The matte periwinkle color is so lovely. These beads most likely were made in Europe over 100 years ago, then traded to the Fulani people in Nigeria where they were prized as currency and used in traditional dress. I purchased them from a bead seller at the Tucson Gem show. It would be fascinating if we could know the whole journey of these beads. Earrings are made of recycled silver, and trade beads, which are strung on stainless steel wire.
Earrings come in a hand-sewn drawstring gift bag made out of repurposed fabrics or an eco-friendly gift box.