Old Tibetan or Nepal carved carnelian melon bead with silver cap. 26-29mm. 1 pc. B4-car347-1
Old Tibetan or Nepal carved carnelian melon bead with silver cap. 1 pc
ld Tibetan or Nepali carved carnelian melon beads with silver caps. Natural old weathered carnelian beads set more recently in silver caps by artisans in Nepal. . These beads are hand made and vary in length from 26-29mm. These are older beads and show a slight bit 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.