Antique Tibetan carved carnelian melon bead with sterling silver repoussé caps. 19 to 22mm. B4-car363
Tibetan carved carnelian melon bead with silver repoussé caps. 19-22mm
Vintage or antique Tibetan carved carnelian melon beads with sterling silver repousse caps. 19-22mm. Natural old weathered carnelian beads set more recently in repousse sterling silver caps by artisans in Nepal. . These beads are hand made and vary in length a from 19-22mm. Average width 17mm. These are older beads and show varying amount of wear; they have far more character than the new beads being made today. Sold individually.
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 bead were acquired from a collector who purchased them in Nepal in the 1970s.