Antique Tibetan large carved agate melon beads with sterling silver repoussé caps. 30x26mm average size. Pkg 1. B4-aga258

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Antique Tibetan large carved agate melon bead with repoussé sterling silver caps. Each of these agate beads are unique but similar in size and color.
See photos. Some are lightly banded. Very opaque in dark red and a dusty purple colors. This antique stone bead is set more recently in sterling silver caps by artisans in Nepal. These are rare old bead that show a bit of wear which greatly adds to its character. They make wonderful focal bead. average 30x26mm. Average 25 grams. Sold individually.

These beads were acquired from a collector who purchased them in Nepal in the 1970s.

The Tibetans sometimes applied gold or silver caps to the ends of valuable ancient stone beads such as etched carnelians, dZi and banded agates to conceal damage or reinforce fragile beads. This style has been copied in some vintage and contemporary silver-capped beads from Nepal.

These are beautiful hand carved melon stone beads that were made 50 years ago and are much higher quality and have more character than the ones mass produced today.