For the Love of Beads

Glass beads, Krobo beads, and African trade beads are just a few of the names I hear to describe these beads from Ghana. I LOVE them. I am actually obsessed with them. The obsession began during my 2006 summer trip to Ghana. Since then I have purchased them every time I visit Ghana. They make for great souvenirs.

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This is a video {starts at 1:15 mark} of how they’re made at Cedi Bead Factory.

I would love to visit Cedi Bead Factory and watch the whole process in person. The factory has great reviews on Trip Advisor.  I am adding it to my list of places to visit during my 2014 trip to Ghana {God-willing}.

The most I’ve ever paid for one of these bracelets was 6 Ghana Cedis.

According to the currency converter below, that is less than $3.00.

6.00 GHS = 2.47934 USD
Ghanaian Cedi US Dollar
1 GHS = 0.413223 USD 1 USD = 2.42000 GHS

Not bad!! I paid that much at the mall in the capital city of Ghana {Accra Mall}. Normally, when I am in the city of Kumasi, I pay only 3 Cedis, which is even better! Everything is more expensive in the capital of course.

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I sometimes purchase them here in the US because I can’t resist.

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These are some beads I saw last summer at the annual Fest Africa in Downtown Silver Spring {Maryland}. All the ladies were buying the waist beads. For some reason, I’ve never been crazy about waist beads :-/ At this festival, I purchased this necklace {pictured below} from a Ghanaian lady named Ms.Clara. On my next trip to Ghana, I hope to purchase some more necklaces such as this one.

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She threw in this free bracelet. She was selling the bracelets for $5.00.

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As you can see, the love for my beads goes deep. I wear at least one beaded bracelet everyday. This one {pictured above} is my go to beaded bracelet because it goes well with any outfit. Sometimes I wear six at a time as seen in the picture below.

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My mom and brother think that I wear too many at one time. My brother always tells me how tacky I look with that many bracelets on. *rolls eyes*  Though, sometimes less  is more and less is best.

However, in the summer I want to wear more.  I come ALIVE in the summer!!..lol They’re just so festive and bright that sometimes I cannot resist putting on six at a time. I love incorporating them into my outfits. But what I love most about them is the intricate designs on the beads. The bracelets may all look the same from afar but each  bracelet is uniquely sculpted and hand painted.

Check out some pictures below of some beautiful bead work below from other African countries including Ghana.

Nigeria

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Photo Credit: Shollots Studios

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Photo Credit: TIXS Multimedia

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Photo Credit: Alakija & Co. Photography

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Photo Credit: Chyder5 Photography

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Ghana

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Photo Credit: Bank.foto

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Photo Credit: Enam Kunustor

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Photo Credit: A Klass Photography

South Africa

Zulu woman from KwaZulu

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Photo Credit: Bret Love

Tanzania

The tradional attire of the Datoga women of northern Tanzania.

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Photo Credit: Nigel Pavitt/John Warburton-Lee

Kenya

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Photo Credit: Marcy Mendelson

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Photo Credit: Half the Sky Documentary

Below are some Etsy shops that sell the beaded bracelets from Ghana.

  1. Mawuvios Outreach Programme
  2. RosabijouxBeads 

What do you think? Are you into beads? What kind of jewelry do you like? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Thanks so much for reading & God bless 🙂

~Amma Mama

15 Comments
  • roxyridgway
    January 29, 2014

    I managed to pick up a beautiful gold bracelet made form melted down 1 cedi coins and I am in love with it! Really enjoyed this post 🙂 Best wishes x

    • ammamama
      January 29, 2014

      That bracelet sounds neat! I am glad you enjoyed the post & thank you for commenting and best wishes to you too 🙂

  • beadthangz
    January 30, 2014

    Reblogged this on beadthangz and commented:
    I’ve always wanted to make my own beads. This is a video that shoes how beads are made in Ghana with traditional methods. So cool!

  • beadthangz
    January 30, 2014

    Beautiful!

    • ammamama
      January 31, 2014

      Thank you for commenting and reblogging. I am glad you like the post 🙂

  • Sheila Exodus
    February 10, 2014

    really love your post. Very educating and interesting. Keep it up.

    • ammamama
      February 10, 2014

      Thanks for the encouragement. I am glad you like it 🙂

  • Alberta Benedith
    May 18, 2014

    I really take delight in you posting this
    amazing blog post. This is the point in time suitable for Ghanains to develop, gather as a nation and therefore determine recommendations on how to move this nation in the right direction as to overcome its prevailing obstacles.
    Thanks a lot for this amazing blog.

    • ammamama
      May 19, 2014

      Aww thanks Alberta! I am glad you enjoyed the post and I absolutely agree with you. Thank you for stopping by & commenting 🙂

  • Florian Bernhart
    August 11, 2014

    Thanks a lot for mentioning our Etsy shop! 🙂 You are really having a great blog!

    http://www.mawuviosoutreachprogramme.org

    • ammamama
      August 11, 2014

      You’re more than welcome! And thank you :-)!

  • TeeJay
    August 5, 2015

    Greetings,

    I’m interested in finding a waist bead shop in the DC/metropolitan area. Do you know where I can find one?

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