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Hand Carved Africa John Amazonite Bead

  • Hand Carved Africa John Amazonite Bead
  • Hand Carved Africa John Amazonite Bead
  • Hand Carved Africa John Amazonite Bead

Hand Carved Africa John Amazonite Bead. Listing is for one bead. Photos show multiples for size/pattern/color examples of what we have to offer. You will receive the bead in the main photo. We make every attempt to portray colour as realistically as possible under various lighting samples, however, not all screens are the same. Please note that actual colour may vary from what is seen on your screen. For more information, please feel free to email us at info@allegorygallery.com with the item name.

Larger quantities may be available. Please email us for more information.

Story about Africa John from Andrew: I remember the first Tucson Gem Show that I ever attended. From the plane’s window, I was blown away by the alien landscape and this strange feeling of homecoming. It’s odd to feel connected to a place that you’ve never been to. We were there to sell at a bead show and were set up in a gymnasium. It was so busy. Sometimes it’d be six deep to get to the booth and there was this frantic, frenzied energy. When it slowed down, we’d take breaks to admire the view of the mountains in the distance and drink Mexican Cokes and admire the fellow vendors. At one point in the weekend, my sister grabbed my arm and said, “We have to go! There’s a birthing! Africa John is having a birthing!” Luckily my brother-in-law was there and Cynthia and I ran off to witness the “birthing”. I didn’t know what that meant and I wouldn’t have been surprised if this character was overseeing some kind of exotic, desert animal having a baby. Just outside of the front doors there was a cluster of tents and there was a crowd forming. Under the tent was a deeply sun-tanned man of indeterminate age. Like a showman, he held up the tumbler barrel and showed everyone and proceeded to open it and rinse off the beads inside. People cheered and exclaimed with excitement over which ones they spotted from afar and wanted a closer look at. He pawed through the handfuls, picking out this one or that one and told stories about where they were from and how he got the material. Up until that point, stone beads sort of had a mystery to them. I knew that someone had to make them into beads, but I never really thought about their origins or who actually did the bead-making. Meeting Africa John was a revelation. Each of the beads was handcrafted and unique. Sure, there was a uniformity between the pieces, but each one was just a little bit different and had the hallmark of the artist’s hand. At that time, my bead budget was tiny. I was just starting out in the jewelry-making world and I didn’t know what to expect. I agonized over which to pick. I finally settled on one Canadian jade rondelle and that’s where it all began. Over the years, I’d pick up one or two here and there. Every time I got one or two, he’d tell stories about his travels and adventures. Eventually I ended up with a small collection of stone beads that represented a lifetime of love and dedication to a craft. I sparingly use them in my creations and have a little box just for me."

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Hand Carved Africa John Amazonite Bead

AfricaJohn-5
$25.00

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