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Aggry beads

Aggry beads

Aggry beads (also spelt 'aggrey beads') are decorated glass beads, used by West Africans as ornaments. They are used in necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery. One bead can cost €15.

They are often used for medicinal purposes, as it is believed that they have magical powers.

Beads were used for exchange and as a way of payment during trade in Africa. Europeans first collected aggry beads from the West Coast of Africa in the fifteenth century.

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