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I bought these beads that are in the photo of me were purchased from an African dealer for $200.00.  He said they could be found non that area just floating on the river.  Does any one have any more information?  They are a form of copal.

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Comment by Cordelia Donohoe on April 6, 2018 at 20:15

Many thanks for your comment Zambesi

Comment by Zambezi on March 4, 2018 at 23:46
Can I assume that you are referring to the beads you are wearing. If yes, I know them as African "water amber" that is real copal (young tree resin). These types of African beads can be found both in Guinea Bisseau and in Zanzibar. Unfortunately as they are so 'young' they are fragile ..

I do not know of many shops that stock these beads ... but here is a supplier in the UK, that might offer a useful cross reference ~ http://www.africantradebeads.com/Product_Index/Amber/AA2/AA3/AA4/AA...

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