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Adjagba typically have a yellow or ochre matrix with a grainy texture, which is decorated with longitudinal stripes, often twisted into spirals, in black, blue, green, brown, or red.
The coveted long bicone beads, as well as leech beads, also came from Afghanistan.
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z This iridescent finish used on glass and plastic beads is named after the colorful lights seen in northern skies, the aurora borealis, or AB for short. AB beads may be any color and are usually monochromatic and transparent, but they may also be matte or even pearlized, as well as striped or silver-lined.
Beads are given an AB finish by passing them through vaporized metal ions.
AB finish is widely used on seed beads and bugles; Czech molded glass beads, both smooth and faceted; plastic plain and fancy shapes; and cut glass crystals.
See Also: Fumed Glass Iris Finish Swarovski Crystal Mother-of-pearl from the nacreous lining of abalone shells has been used to make beads and ornaments since prehistoric times.
See Also: Mother-of-Pearl Pearls Shell Beads This Hausa term for bauxite beads is widely used by West Africa traders.