African recycled glass bead statement necklace. This stunning necklace is made with ornate Tibetan silver beads and handmade Ghana glass beads. I used big chunky 18mm red glass and a large antique silver hollow flower pattern carved 17mm as the focal. I also used antique silver hollow rhombus beads that are 16x15mm to separated the large reds from the 14mm red glass beads. And I finished with 6mm Tibetan silver spacer beads. The length is 16 3/4 inches with a 2 1/4 inch extension for a total length of 20 inches. It is finished with a large antique silver plated heart lobster clasp. This beautiful ethnic bead necklace has a tribal style to it and will go with anything.
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These beads are made by the Krobo Tribe which is located in Ghana, Africa. Powder glass beads are made by crushing glass to a fine powder and heating it so that the particles fuse together. The glass is then poured into clay molds, with a cassava leaf stem used to make the hole. They are baked in an oven and the glass fuses and the cassava stem burns up. This technique has been used in Africa for centuries.