Tibetan large amber resin bead with repousse sterling silver caps applied etched silver medallions.Nepal 1970s. 40x34mm. b4-amb092

Tibetan amber resin bead repousse sterling silver caps and medallions

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Vintage Tibet Nepal amber resin large 4-sided barrel bead with sterling silver caps and 4 diamond shaped etched sterling silver medallions on each flat side. This bead was acquired in the 1970s in Nepal. This is a stunning handmade bead. A fair amount of labor went into its fabrication. The outside materials is a red amber resin coating over another material which i believe is another resin. This is a technique used with coral and turquoise coatings in Tibetan beads. Age uncertain. 40x34mm. Hole size on the silver end is 4mm but the inside bead hole size looks to be 2mm. 

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.

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.

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