Three Antique 16th Century Carnelian Beads From Ship Wreck Santo Espirito Wild Coast South Africa


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Carnelian beads originate from India with the newest pieces being made during the 1500's but many can be much older. Later they were used to trade with countries in the northern part of Africa.

Each carnelian is unique with different color patterns.

The carnelians in the picture originate from a ship wreck the SANTO ESPIRITO that sunk in the Eastern Cape along the wild coast of South Africa and never reached its destination.

The Santo Espirito (1608):
It is however not entirely clear whether the wreck, which lies off Double Mouth's "Bead Beach", is in fact that of the Santo Espirito or that of some unrecorded wreck of which there were no survivors. The only reference to the Santo Espirito in Portuguese literature is that it ran aground on "the coast of Natal, and the survivors escaped by boat to Mozambique". Maps of the age indicate that the coast of Natal could have been farther south than it's current boundary. Analysis of the Chinese Ming Porcelain found washed up at the site, indicates that it may have been made towards the end of the 16th Century.The largest of the three beads has the highly desired striped pattern that is often found in agate.

The largest striped bead measures 10 mm in diameter. The other two are a little bit smaller

You will receive the exact beads you see pictured here. The beads are meant to be used in your own jewelry creations.

These carnelian beads are genuine antique pieces that were found at the shoreline and their condition reflects that.


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