Vintage Nepal large opaque natural carnelian agate elongated melon bead with repousse sterling silver caps. 74x21mm. b4-car359
Nepal large carved carnelian elongated melon bead silver caps.74x21mm
Vintage Nepal large opaque natural carnelian agate elongated melon bead with repousse sterling silver caps. Actual age unknown. The is an old, possibly antique carnelian bead set more recently in sterling silver caps by artisans in Nepal. This stone has some dark red Pema Raka colors and interesting inclusions. A wonderful focal bead. 74x21mm. 45 grams.
This bead was acquired by a collector who purchased it in Nepal in the 1970s.
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.