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Orthoceras ("straight horn") is a genus of a now-extinct nautiloid cephalopod -- a once living, shell like organism. Each stone is polished to better reveal their lovely black and grey and off-white hues, and the vertebrae structure is clear as shown in the photos.
This set is predrilled (front to back) and ready for stringing into a matched necklace/earring set, or for use separately. The largest stone is approx. 39 x 24 mm., with an approx. 2 mm. hole. The two smaller ones are slightly different in size -- the smallest at approx. 34 x 14 mm., the larger at approx. 40 x 15 mm. The hole in this latter pendant (40 x 15 mm. one) is slightly chipped. Each of the smaller pendants has an approx. 1 mm. hole.

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shell beadsThese beautiful beads are increasingly rare. In Mauritania, they are carefully matched and worn on their own and in combination with glass beads. Such beads are more popular and collectable than ever. Thousands are in private collections around the world. The African Traders are having to go deeper and deeper into Africa to find more of these beads, and many styles which were readily available just 5 years ago are no longer seen today. The graduated strand of vintage beads sold here* measure approximately 14 - 28 mm. in diameter, with the total length strand being approximately 24". The beads naturally show slight wear and tear associated with age. Each bead was made by hand, so no two are exactly the same.

They would be a valuable addition to any vintage bead collection, and/or a source of beautiful components for your most exotic designs.

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