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.Occasionally the beads are further embellished with spots, circles, or equatorial bands.

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Afghanistan was, however, the source of the tabular and lenticular beads, which showcase the beauty of the stones, many of which are translucent.

The coveted long bicone beads, as well as leech beads, also came from Afghanistan.

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.

Abalone is a marine mollusk of the genus Haliotis with worldwide distribution.