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Recycled-Glass Ghana Polkadot Elbow Bead Necklace

Ghana Vintage Jewellery

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Amazing medium sized polkadot elbow bead necklace, made from recycled-glass beads handcrafted in Ghana, Africa. They are a mid-sized deep green/charcoal bead handpainted with green, yellow and red polkadots. The clasp is a sterling silver and enamel box clasp clasp with two little fish, fittings are all sterling silver. This is an amazing big, bold and bright bead, the pattern has been painted in bright, gorgeous colours in various sizes and densities.

The beads are Krobo beads, a handmade glass bead crafted in Ghana, Africa from recycled glass bottles. They bottles are broken into chips or ground to a fine powder in a mortar and pestle, they are kiln fired in clay moulds in patterns or hand decorated with painted layers and fired between each layer - each bead is a slightly different shape and pattern. These necklaces are newly strung on sturdy c-lon with a new sterling silver tab clasp. They are bright and bold African bead necklaces that look fantastic with a few on together in different patterns.

Elbow beads are naturally not uniform and lay in a squiggle formation around the neck, enough space has been left when strung for you to twist the beads to sit to your liking when on.

Item Details


Wearable Length 66cm / Each Bead is 1.1cm x 2cm


95 Grams




Recycled Glass, Sterling Silver

Condition Report

New. Beads were crafted in the last decade from recycled glass and have not been previously worn, the necklace itself is newly strung. Please note the beads have a handcrafted look, they are not uniform - each is slightly different.

About this Piece

Krobo Beads

These ‪‎vintage‬ ‪glass ‪beads‬ are ‪handmade‬ in Ghana from recycled glass bottles; broken into chips or ground to a fine powder in a mortar and pestle, they are kiln fired in clay moulds with a stick at their centre which burns away during the firing but leaves a hole in the centre for threading. They are hand decorated either with various coloured dyed glass chips or hand painted and fired again. Each bead is a slightly different size, shape and pattern. Ghana has a long history with trade beads, sadly many of their valuable antique trade beads have been taken from the country but the bead making is a strong tradition - lucky for the world of bead lovers!