African 'Amber'

African ‘amber’ is not the true European ( Baltic ) or South American fossilised pine tree resin Amber. Some were made from complicated mixtures of synthetic resin barrel beads, which were imported from Europe from the late 1800's onwards and fashioned into their many diverse designs by African craftsmen. Many regional variations, which are locally known  as 'amber' are to be found all over Africa .. made from a variety of materials. Amongst the types on offer on the following pages are some very old, difficult to find, increasingly valuable and highly collectable items.

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Mauritanian 4 Corner
Single beads
-Styles
Reference Page

Large
‘Doughnut’ Shape


Traditional
Colours and Shapes
from the
Malian Sahara

Collourful Collection
found in
Mali


Addition
Connoisseur
Classic Four Corner
Collection
from
Mauritania

A Large and
Very Special
Connoisseur
Collection
 of Antique Beads

Miniature Amber
Mixed Shapes
Large Collection
Sold

"Water Amber"
from
Guinea Bissau
Small Collections

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