On reserve... Vintage Nepali large carved carnelian agate oval bead with repousse sterling silver caps.76x 28 x 23mm. b4-car372

Vintage Nepal carnelian bead repousse sterling silver caps 70x30x23mm


Item #: b4-car372
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Vintage Tibetan or Nepali large carved 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.   This bead has interesting dark inclusions.  A stunning focal bead.  76x 28 x 23mm. 68 grams. The opening on the silver cap is 5.3mm.  the stone is recessed so the hole can't be measures but looks to be around 3mm.

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.

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