The rich color of these original and true vintage Jijida beads is stunning. It is a deep blue color with a gorgeous matte finish, not super glossy or plastic-looking as the newer beads in the market are. As mentioned, these are NOT the new record beads they sell at such low prices. These are vintage beads that the hands have truly made by African artisans. Each strand is approximately 29 inches strung in a loop as pictured and beads are between 6 to 6.5mm in diameter.
They are made in Africa from a material called Vulcanite or Phono Records, used to make vinyl records and popularly known as vinyl record beads. They are one of my favorite beads, full of colors and history and known in Mali as Jigida beads, commonly used to shape the women's waist. This vinyl record bead strand is shipped as shown in the pictures, strung in a loop, NOT loose beads in a bag, just as they're used and traded in Africa. Please check all pictures and zoom in for details.
❁ What does blue symbolize in Africa? Blue: love, harmony, togetherness, and peace. Maroon: healing, plus the color of Mother Earth. Purple: normally worn by women, associated with femininity. Pink: also represents feminine qualities, including mildness.
❁ DETAILS: Material: Vulcanite Quantity: one strand with hundreds of beads, approx. 30″ Bead Shape: flat and round Size: 6 to 6.5mm beads (diameter) x 0.5mm thick Hole Size: approx. 1mm diameter
❁ NOTES: ✪ Props not included; ✪ Not a toy, not intended for use by, or in products intended for children 14 or under. May be harmful if swallowed.