Definitely not Phoenician, I'm sad to say.
For real Phoenicians please check out Gabriel's wonderful website (link below).
Though I haven't seen the particular model you show, their surface looks very similar to a lot of the fantasy Phoenicians that are made in China - quite nice beads in their own right except for the artificial weathering.
Thanks, Will. Wonderful link. I do need to brush upon fakes. Fortunately, I haven't run across many since I only try to deal with reputable vendors that I know and trust. I guess this man had a different agenda. Best, Karen
these are sold en masse in Tucson for several years now but typically not by the African traders or Ancient Beads dealers, you can find these with the Fake Chinese Antique dealers, they come in all types, many mimicking the Phoenician styles but falling short of reality.......they are obviously artificially aged and have nothing to do with ancient beads whatsoever! Value? Pennies each! Some as high as a dollar or two, depending on the seller
Thank you. I appreciate the infoand will let my perplexed bead friends know the origin.
You may want to perplex your friends more and let them know where they can buy these types of beads: at the Panjiayuan market in Beijing.
Here is a bunch of similar made, made to resemble ancient beads, but as new as can be.