Mastodon bone bead strands

A bit of an oddity, carved Mastodon bone beads on temporary strands.

They are about 1.8 million years old and come from the region around the Solo River, East Java, Indonesia.

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Mastodon bone bead strands for jewellery making

A bit of an oddity - these are carved Mastodon bone beads on temporary strands. I say Mastodon, but it is possible the bone/ivory used comes from fossils of Stegadon, Mastodon, or Mammoth. They are around about 1.8 million years old and come from the region around the Solo River, East Java, Indonesia.

As they are sold through agents it can be a little difficult to get any more precise information than that - the agents speak limited English and know little about fossils, and the miners/collectors typically do not speak any English - to be fair, I do not speak any Malay/Indonesian and I am constantly impressed by anyone who manages to be bi-lingual.

These beads come on a strand thats around 60CM long, and measure between 8-16MM each. The strands contain around 50 beads each.

The pictures you see here are representative of the products and are usually not the exact item you will receive. Where various grades are available we do try to photograph each grade - but some photographs are still on their way!

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1 review for Mastodon bone bead strands

  1. Ange Lee (verified owner)

    I received an email today from AF&I asking if my recent purchase of these and a few other items were ok and invited to write a review. Well, the fact that I received these Mastodon beads, took one look, came back to the website and bought another strand straight away, says it all! Lovely beads and as a jewellery who loves to work with fossils and natural materials, these are perfect, lovely size and weight and with some beautiful subtle colour! Made a pendant within days of receiving them and cannot wait to make more. Excellent product and highly recommend.

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You may be interested in just how many of these beads fit on each strand we sell!

The table below should give you some idea. Every number and every strand is approximate, though. You might get a 39CM strand, or have one or two larger or smaller beads.

2MM Round Beads Approximately 200 beads per 40CM strand. 3MM Round Beads Approximately 135 beads per 40CM strand.
4MM Round Beads Approximately 100 beads per 40CM strand. 5MM Round Beads Approximately 80 beads per 40CM strand.
6MM Round Beads Approximately 66 beads per 40CM strand. 7MM Round Beads Approximately 55 beads per 40CM strand.
8MM Round Beads Approximately 48 beads per 40CM strand. 9MM Round Beads Approximately 45 beads per 40CM strand.
10MM Round Beads Approximately 40 beads per 40CM strand. 11MM Round Beads Approximately 37 beads per 40CM strand.
12MM Round Beads Approximately 34 beads per 40CM strand. 13MM Round Beads Approximately 30 beads per 40CM strand.
14MM Round Beads Approximately 28 beads per 40CM strand. 15MM Round Beads Approximately 26 beads per 40CM strand.
16MM Round Beads Approximately 25 beads per 40CM strand. 18MM Round Beads Approximately 22 beads per 40CM strand.
20MM Round Beads Approximately 20 beads per 40CM strand.
 
Tumbled Chip Beads Approximately 300 beads, per 36” / 90CM strand.

 

 
The pictures you see here are representative of the products and are usually not the exact item you will receive. Where various grades are available we do try to photograph each grade – but some photographs are still on their way!  
 

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