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Ostrich Eggshell Beads, Natural Cream White Ostrich Egg Shell Beads, Full Strand of 250 plus beads


Natural Ostrich Eggshell Beads from Kenya

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Product Description

Ostrich Eggshell Beads: Natural Cream White Ostrich Egg Shell Beads, Full Strand of 250 plus beads / Bone Beads, African Trade Beads, Heishi Disc Beads from Kenya, Jewelry Supplies


Looking for unusual beads? Well, these Ostrich eggshell beads are one of a kind, that’s for sure. Ostrich eggshells are thicker than a normal chicken egg, making them a fabulous product. The egg shells are carefully cleaned and cut into little pieces and shaped into beads. Ostrich eggshell beads have been used for centuries in jewelry and other crafts in Kenya.

The color is natural, ranging from a creamy white to an ivory color. As pictured, you see the beads are porous but very strong, hence made from an eggshell.


The oldest African beads are made from ostrich eggshell and were discovered in the Enkapune Ya Muto rock shelter in the Rift Valley region of Kenya. These beads have been dated to 37,000-39,900 years old, and they comprise 13 complete beads, 12 performs and 593 shell fragments.

It is believed that each bead was made individually and not through the heishi technique of bead making. While these beads are believed to have symbolized solidarity in ancient Bushmen society, today you can simply enjoy their beauty by wearing them as a necklace. Making a necklace from ostrich eggshell beads will involve drilling the beads to enable stringing, and thereafter grinding them along a stone to smooth them on the edge.


Material: real Ostrich eggshell beads
Quantity: you will receive one full strand with 250 plus eggshell beads (number may vary depending on the size of the beads)
Bead Shape: these beads are irregular, no two beads are the same, flat and round
Size: beads vary from 8-12mm diameter x 1-2mm thick
Hole size: 2-2.5mm (they may vary in the same bag/strand)
Color: creamy white / off-white


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✤ Keep in mind:

1. Product Variance

Please be aware that handmade and natural items may vary in texture, shape, color, and finish. They may also present some imperfections which make them apart from machine factory made beads. For this reason, please make sure to read the description through and see pictures before purchasing. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to ask!

2. Photography & Colors

All our items are photographed up close and personal so you can see their beautiful details. Due to some photography angles, items may appear larger than real size and we try very hard to describe them as clearly as possible. Please make sure to read the dimensions of each item in the listing to avoid any confusion. Though, we work hard to photograph them as close to the real color, keep in mind that lighting, props, and background may cause a difference in the real color. It is also very important to keep in mind that colors will also vary from monitor to monitor.

3. Liability

Nature Beads shall not be held responsible for any injuries, damages, or losses resulting from the use of products purchased from our shop. Therefore, by purchasing from Nature Beads, you agree that all purchases and use are the responsibility of the buyer. As a result, Nature Beads will not be held responsible for the use, misuse or mishandling of any item/items and buyer assumes all responsibility for them once purchased. After purchasing from Nature Beads, it signifies your acceptance of this statement and releases Nature Beads and its affiliates from all liability and any liability cases arising thereof.

✪ 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.

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Weight 6 oz


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