Also called "Rosetta beads", the first Chevron beads was made in Venice back in 1495. They are particularly appreciated and sought after by noble families of Black Africa. In the West of Cameroon, these pearls are intended to mark a high rank in the hierarchy and play a protective role".
Today these beads are encrusted in the Bamileke culture. Sign of prestige and royalty, they are worn only during important traditional ceremonies such as king enthronizations and funerals.
The Blue, white and sometimes red Bamileke pearls on this necklace is NOT plastic. They are locally made of an alloy of Clay and some other products. After being cooked and dried in artisanal ovens, they are hand-painted.
Colors: White / blue / Red
Material: Bamileke bead in tinted clay
Necklace: approx. 18 inches Long.
Origin: Bamileke tribe, from the Grasslands , Cameroon.