Afghan Tribal Arts – Natural and Handcut Gemstone Beads
Afghanistan is rich in minerals, giving artisans a vibrant industry in creating natural and handcut gemstone beads: jade, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and more! Most of our customers are jewelry artists who break the strands to incorporate into their own work, but most of the strands can also be worn as necklaces.
There is a thriving business on the border of Pakistan and Afghanistan where refugees settled after the war with Russia. Artisans carve beads from the abundant range of semi-precious stones found in the region. The natural and handcut gemstone beads feel smooth and cool. Unpolished, they eventually absorb the oils from the skin and take on a beautiful sheen and patina. Afghan Tribal Arts has a large supply of jade, serpentine, lapis lazuli, malachite, carnelian, jasper, fluorite and more.
We also carry African, old Chinese beads and other findings we trade at bead shows. Our shop on Etsy has a small sampling of what we have, so don’t hesitate to ask for your choice stones and we try to list more.
The strands range in price from $9-$180 USD, but most are under $30.
Afghanistan has been at the heart of the crossroads for the Silk Road for centuries. Nomads and generations of ethnic groups have thrived on trade and beautiful handicraft skills. Textiles, embroidery and carpet weaving continue to represent a plethora of skills that extend on into metal work, wood work, and ceramics. Designs reflect both the beauty of nature and life of spirit in choice of colors and fluidity of the design.
Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with Afghan artists for more than 20 years. Handcarved semi-precious beads are the core focus of the business, but we also have a huge inventory of old and new textiles, carvings and metal work. Visit our shop on Etsy to see our beautiful treasures!