Handmade Mali Clay Tribal Necklace by Queen Mother Jewelry
Beads are some of Africa’s oldest artifacts. From the earliest times tribes have used beads for adornment, magic and bartering. Clay beads were used as trade beads in countries such as Ghana and Mali. These terracotta beads came straight from Malian earth. Artisans dug up clay deposits and carefully formed and impressed beads with parallel grooves and patterns before they were fired.