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This Dictionary of Beads is a labor of love and a work in progress.

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See Also: Bauxite Beads Also called azagba, zagba, or adjaba, these large powder glass beads are made by the Krobo people of Ghana.

Usually formed in clay molds, the beads measure up to 5 cm long and range from nearly cylindrical to barrel shaped, and sometimes biconical.

In addition, Afghanistan was a source of etched carnelians of various types and even some shell beads.

To get back to the top and select another letter use Control Home (or Command Home on Macs).Then girls reaching marriageable age are adorned with the familys finest beads to celebrate their puberty.In the 20th century, beautiful ancient stone beads from Afghanistan became available to collectors.These included materials that were regarded as precious in antiquity—lapis lazuli and hardstones, such as agates and rock crystals—as well as stones or minerals that were attractive for their patterns or grains, which were enhanced by ancient lapidaries.This continually war-torn country probably did not produce all these beads; neighboring Pakistan and India, who were also beadmakers in ancient times, likely produced some of them.

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