Kiffa beads are among the most beautiful beads ever made. Period. The women of Mauritania, and in particular the towns of Kiffa, began making these powdered glass beads in the mid-20th century. As Wikipedia describes them:
Kiffa beads represent one of the highest levels of artistic skill and ingenuity in beadmaking, being manufactured with the simplest materials and tools available - pulverized European glass beads or fragments of them, bottle glass, pottery shards, tin cans, twigs, steel needles, some gum arabic, and open fires.
This is a particularly nice strand for someone looking to get into collecting crazy-rare Kiffa beads. There are a wide variety of Kiffa bead types, with most in good to excellent condition.
Great strand of lovely 4-layer chevrons that have been lovingly ground down by prior owners....
Lovely strand of ancient beads from Djenne, Mali and other parts of the ancient Islamic...
Wow -- these beads are just gorgeous. They are flat, yellow, tabular Venetian trade beads,...