Rare and gorgeous green glass excavated Nila Beads.
This group of beads was found in the Gao district of Mali, in between Gao and Niger are estimated to be a few hundreds of years old (1200-1600 A.D.)
It is believed they were manufactured locally along the River Niger, given the very large quantities of them found by locals in this region.
This group of green nilas is cleaner than some we've had listed previously and apparently were cleaner when discovered.
These wonderful beads are great for design of all sorts of necklaces. They wear beautifully with their natural absorption of the body's oils. Really a favorite bead in the collection for so many reasons.
The beads on these strands range from 2-7mm diameter.
Pricing vary depending on bead sizes. Select your preference from options available.
2-3mm bead strands (small seed beads)
3mm+ bead strands (larger spacer beads) - 3-5mm with a few 6mm beads.
5mm+ bead strands (largest beads)
All strands have mixed sizes, so even 4mm and 6mm strands have some smaller and larger beads included.
Approximate 23” of beads per strand. Beads in photos are representative of available strands.
Strands sold individually. Price is per strand.
Some useful reference articles:
African Trade Item 0613