Old Sherpa glass coral bead strand of 11 beads from India or Nepal . b11-rd-0897
Old Sherpa glass coral bead strand of 11 beads from India or Nepal
Old Sherpa glass coral bead strand from India or Nepal. A strand of 11 barrel shaped beads19-20mm in length and 14-18mm in width. Age and origin uncertain. Possibly made in India and traded in Nepal and Tibet. You will get the exact strand pictured..
Traditional Sherpa coral has been used for centuries in jewelry as a substitute for real coral by the Sherpa people who inhabit the region around the Himalayan mountain range. These were popular beads in Nepal and Tibet where real coral is much more expensive. As trade beads and many have pits and dark crevices which adds to their character. They can be cleaned up or used as is.
These wonderful glass beads imitate coral These glass beads are named after the tribal people of Himalayas who are called Sherpa. Sherpas mostly live in the foot hills of the Himalayas near Mt. Everest. Traditionally, these coral looking glass beads were worn by Sherpa women as replacement of genuine coral. They are actually traded glass beads from China, India and even Europe. These beads are very popular among Sherpa women and even other ethnic groups of people who live close to the Himalayas