Afghanistan is rich in minerals and semi-precious stones. Afghan Tribal Arts has been working with artisans who work with the stones for years. Over time, it has collected an enormous inventory of hand-carved, natural stone beads. Jade, carnelian, and of course, lapis lazuli, are the signature stones of the region. But, there are many others as well as other countries represented in the collection.
The rarity of the stone and its cut both contribute to the price. Strands may be $15 or $20 or they may be worth hundreds, all depending on what it is.
Focal beads from around the world accent those special designs.