Beads
Worldwide

In the 18th and 19th century beads were introduced as an international form of payment. The beads replaced the cowry shells as currency. Due to an excessive import of the cowry shell in the 16th century, its value decreased strongly.
In Africa beads were used with the purchase of slaves, gold, ivory and palm oil.
The blue bead can still be found in the waters surrounding St. Eustatius