These beads are made from recycled African Glass in the hills of Koforidua, Ghana. They are a highly marketable product in that area that earns money and feeds families. They are also an important element of local culture: worn, used, and treasured. They are made from many different types of glass, ranging from bottles to old windshields from cars. The glass is recycled, crushed, and the powdered glass is put into molds, which are then fired in ovens. A twig is placed in the middle of each bead to create the hole. The twig burns during the firing process.
Recycled African glass rondelle beads are strung on brown leather and hang on hypoallergenic antique brass lever back ear wires. Total length is approximately 2 1/2" long.