Vintage Nepal large carved carnelian oval bead repousse sterling silver caps.70x30x23mm. b4-car372

Vintage Nepal carnelian bead repousse sterling silver caps 70x30x23mm

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Vintage Tibet or Nepal large carved carnelian flattened oval repousse sterling silver caps. Natural vintage carnelian bead set more recently in sterling silver caps by artisans in Nepal. See photo for chip on adjacent to bead cap. A stunning focal bead. 70x30x23mm. 61 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.

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