Strand of small Idar-Oberstein Faceted Bicone beads
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26" strand of carnelian agate beads from Mali, made in Idar-Oberstein, Germany in the mid – late 1800s. Material (agate) from Brazil, cut in Germany, then traded in Mali. This squared bicone shape is precisely cut, multi-faceted, and has a 1mm hole. Size varies from 6mm x 5mm diameter to 12mm long x 14mm diameter. 68 beads from good (slightly worn) to excellent condition (see photos). There are a few other shapes in the mix as well.