Trade Beads – African Bauxite
Trade Beads - African BauxiteTrade Beads - African Bauxite belong in any bead fan's collection! Bauxite is a sedimentary rock and the world's foremost source of aluminum. Similar in color to Catlinite, bauxite is also known as "African pipestone." Bauxite beads are handmade, therefore each one is unique!
From the 15th to the 20th century, traders carried European glass beads across the world. The beads were highly desired by Native Americans, as glass was then an unknown substance in North American. European glass beads, mostly from Venice, became popular and sought after by Native Americans. Europeans realized early on that beads were important to Native Americans. Corporations such as the Hudson Bay Trading Company developed lucrative bead-trading markets with them. The Hudson Bay Trading Company was an organized group of explorers who operated during the 19th century. They ventured into the North American continent for trade expeditions.
There are 131 bauxite beads on this strand. Strung on natural fiber, approximately 32" long. Shapes vary, with an average width of 1/4" and diameter of 3/8".
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