Nepali carved carnelian agate oval bead with repousse sterling silver caps. b4-car406

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Vintage Tibetan or Nepali large carved  beautifully banded carnelian agate  flattened oval bead with repousse sterling silver caps. Natural vintage carnelian bead set more recently in sterling silver caps by artisans in Nepal. A stunning focal bead.  47x21mm. 20 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. This is a beautiful hand carved  stone  bead that was made 50 years ago and is much higher quality and has more character than the ones mass produced today.