2 Wavy Round Thai Silver Bead Spacers - 8mm x 4mm

Product Code: ga4627

Availability:In stock

Price per two spacer. These hand-crafted Thai spacers have a high-silver content and are of a better quality than our other metal beads. Use them to enhance your best designs. Size as quoted - but please note that some are tiny, so we advise handling these with tweezers. We price on weight in silver, but weight listed includes packing.

Thai Hill Tribe Silver
Over 100 years ago, Chinese hill tribes migrated south into Northern Thailand. These poor nomadic farmers used elephants to clear the jungle and quickly took to growing opium, rotating their crops every few years. The largest of these, the Karen Hill Tribe, still live in bamboo huts built on stilts.

In the 1960's, the King of Thailand tried to discourage drugs by helping the Karen develop an alternative income. Royal silversmiths taught them to design and make jewellery using high-content silver. They learned to create unique designs reflecting their own culture. Today, the skills are passed on to the next generation who specialize making silver engraved with plants, animals, and other geometric designs.