The process of making these beads is unique to Africa and has been used for over 1000 years. Pulverized glass of various colors is poured into a clay mold, using a cassava stem for the bead's hole. The mold is placed in a furnace and heated until the glass particles congeal without actually melting and the stem burns out. The Ghanaians have been making beads in this manner since the 1600s.
The handmade turquoise glass beads can be used as a necklace or as layering & texture decor (see pic). Each string is approx. 24" long (100 beads), this listing is for one string of beads. ***Please note, this is a string of beads, not a finished necklace with a clasp etc (see pic), price reflects this.