Ancient Excavated Small Djenne Blue Gray Nila Beads, Mali.
Bead sizes in 2-4mm range. Approximately 22" of beads per strand. Circa 1200-1600 A.D.
The colors of these wonderful beads come when treated with a tiny bit of olive oil (rub a little on your hands and then handle the beads). Natural skin oils also bring out the richness of their color and age. You will see more depth of gray and some blues.
Very wearable, increasing in their loveliness with wear.
These humble beads are very special.
African Item 0146b