Antique Tibetan large carved agate melon bead with sterling silver repoussé caps. 36x22mm B4-aga258
Antique Tibetan carved agate melon bead with silver caps 36x22mm
Antique Tibetan large carved agate melon bead with repoussé sterling silver caps. This agate is lightly banded with red and a dusty purple color. This antique stone bead is set more recently in sterling silver caps by artisans in Nepal. This is an old bead that shows a bit of wear which greatly adds to its character. A wonderful focal bead. 36x32mm. 53 grams
This bead was acquired from a collector who purchased it 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.