July is just around the corner and with the beginning of each month comes the new Stone of the Month! Every month, one of our stone suppliers, Dakota Stones, picks their Stone of the Month and sends us a box of beads full of it in a wide variety of different shapes and sizes. This July’s Stone of the Month is the subtly gorgeous Wood Opalite.
Wood Opalite is actually petrified wood, with the original organic wood material being replaced with Silicon Dioxide over millions of years. Silicon Dioxide is commonly known as Opal, hence this stone’s name, Wood Opalite.
This truly unique stone is found in a wide range of patterns and colors, including creams, grays, browns, and reds. Its earthy tones are stunning against summer’s light wardrobe.
Wood Opalite represents patience and steady growth towards peace – things we can all use more of. As you can see, we have quite the selection to choose from, so stop in soon!
New African Beads
We’ve also got a new collection of African beads for you! These come from our favorite African bead seller, Ebrima Kabba, who just recently stopped by the store. He sells his beads throughout the U.S. after visiting Africa a few times per year and can often be found at the Bead & Button show. Check out what we got!
Pictured above, from top to bottom, are patterned seed beads from Nigeria, old African trade beads that were traded in Ghana, Nigerian seed beads, and African recycled glass beads.
Next, we have all sorts of different metal beads, with some of the smaller beads being from Nigeria. The larger black and silver beads are actually ebony and aluminum from Mali. And our favorite, the swirled brass barrels, are from Ghana.
This set of natural beads contains dark bone beads from Kenya, large, flat bone beads graduating in size, ancient shell beads, and myrrh from Malia.
Last up, we’ve got bone beads from Nigeria, more dark bone beads from Kenya, and even ostrich eggshell beads, being the cream and gray beads that are the third down in the above picture.
And this is just a sampling of what we’ve got! When you stop in, you’ll find we have even more new African finds, including finished necklaces and bracelets.
Come on down to check all of our new goodies out – we can’t wait to see you soon!