London Blue Recycled Glass Hoops
African recycled glass beads are used to create these lovely hoop dangles topped with gold plated solid brass hexagonal beads on gold plated stainless steel hook earwires (nickel and lead free compliant).
Size: About 1.5" wide x 2.75" total length
Recycled glass are made by crushing old glass (from old bottles, windows, etc) in powder, which is then heated and poured int clay molds. A leaf stem (cassava) is used s a hole. As the beads are oven backed, the glass fuses and the stem burn away.
The bead making technique has been used in Africa for centuries.
It results in a beautiful rough, primitive appearance with a texture similar to sea glass.