Antique Tibetan large carved carnelian melon bead with stering silver repousse caps.37x30mm. B4-car348
Antique Tibetan carved carnelian melon bead with sterling silver cap
Antique Tibetan large carved banded carnelian agate melon bead with repousse sterling silver caps. Natural old weathered carnelian bead 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. 37x30mm. 38 grams
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.