Aggry beads

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Aggry beads (also spelled aggri beads or aggrey beads) are a type of decorated glass bead from Ghana, used by West Africans as ornaments in necklaces, bracelets and other jewellery. One bead can cost €15.[citation needed]

Aggry beads are also called Koli, Cori, Kor, Segi, Accori, or Ekeur.

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

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

Their origin is obscure (see [1]). They are made from glass or meteorites.

Sometimes millefiori beads are called "Aggrey", but this may be incorrect. [1] G.Rawlinson Phoenicia, Londen 1889/2005 p. 283


  1. ^ (G.Rawlinson Phoenicia, Londen 1889/2005 p.283)

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Further reading[edit]

  • Africa and the discovery of America. Leo Wiener. 1922. Vol. II, Chap. 3: "Aggry Beads", pp. 237–248.