African jewelry history dates back to the 15th century. The oldest African jewelry – the shell beads were discovered in a cave located on the coast of South Africa. Tribal jewelry has over the years played a major role in most African cultures.
Several years ago African jewelry was made from natural materials like resin, horn, bone, seeds, ivory, wood, animal teeth etc. African jewelry history reveals that jewels were then used as a medium of exchange as well as for personal adornment.