Stone bangles were made throughout the Western Sahara region of Neolithic Northern Africa over 5000 years ago. At that time the Sahara desert area was a lush and fertile hunting ground. Bangles were worn above the elbow as a Talisman for luck and fortune for warriors and protection for those left at home. Bangles were prized possessions and as such were valuable items for trade. It would take more than a week to produce one bangle by the seasoned stone craftsmen using stone drills, chisels and hammers. Once formed the bangle would be ground and polished using local sandstone rocks with water.