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