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Here you will find ancient decorated and undecorated carnelian beads. Decorated beads are also known as 'etched' carnelians. We also have a separate category for Pema Raka beads.
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Ancient Pre-columbian Tairona Carnelian Bead Necklace
Ancient Pre-columbian Tairona Carnelian Bead Necklace
Our Price: £650.00

A wonderful necklace comprised of ancient Tairona carnelian beads. Includes 68 beautiful graduated carnelian disc beads and a large carnelian drop pendant. Strung and ready to be worn.

Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
length of necklace approx 17.5 inches
diameter of carnelian discs 9 mm to 14 mm
carnelian drop bead 28 mm x 19.5 mm
Age: 1000 years old + or -

Ancient Tabular Eye Bead or Luk Mik - 22 mm
Ancient Tabular Eye Bead or Luk Mik - 21 mm
Our Price: £588.00

A lovely looking carnelian or sardonyx tabular eye bead. Also known as Luk Mik in Tibet. Displaying a patina commensurate with age. A large concentric circle or eye can be seen and a smaller faint eye is just visible in the centre of the bead. It is difficult to determine if this is a decorated bead or the eyes are the result of natural crystalline banding in the stone.

Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions
Condition: Mostly Very Good. A robust bead with minor
weathering and superficial surface fissures.
Collected in the 1980s (Private European Collection)
21 mm x 21 mm and 11.5 mm depth
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
Mixed Ancient Stone Bead Necklace - Western Asiatic
Mixed Ancient Stone Bead Necklace - Western Asiatic
Our Price: £560.00

An impressive collection of ancient stone beads all gathered on one necklace. Including: decorated carnelians, carnelian seal,  jade, jet, agate, sardonyx, aventurine, shell, mother or pearl and glass. Strung with a quality silver clasp and ready to be worn. Great value!

Private European collection from the 1980s
Western Asiatic/Iran/Indus Valley 200 CE to 600 CE
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
approx length of necklace = 27 inches
large tabular carnelian focal bead = 24 mm
largest turquoise = 29.5 mm x 22 mm
coral = 8 mm to 12 mm
Ancient Tabular Agate Bead Necklace
Ancient Tabular Agate Bead Necklace
Our Price: £225.00

A delightful necklace comprised of 11 ancient flat tabular bicone banded agates and carnelians. Each bead is flanked by old silver and brass spacers and not so very old turquoise beads.

Western Asiatic
length of strand 16 inches
Condition: very good with only minor weathering.
largest bead approx 18 mm x 12 mm
Strung with a silver hook clasp.
Rare Ancient Bow Shaped Carnelian Bead - 45.5 mm
Rare Ancient Bow Shaped Carnelian Bead - 45.5 mm
Our Price: £210.00

A beautiful large bow shaped ancient carnelian bead. The cloudy surface is possibly due to longtime burial. This would make a fantastic focal bead on a necklace.

Western Asiatic
Age: 1000 BCE to 300 CE + or -
45.5 mm x 13.5 mm
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or cracks.
Five Ancient Infinity Carnelians
Five Ancient Infinity Carnelians
Our Price: £200.00

SOLD!

Five highly collectible ancient infinity carnelians. Beads display a figure of 8 or Infinity design on both sides.

Western Asiatic
Condition: Very good
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
9 mm x 7 mm
Group of 4 Ancient Himyarite Carnelian Beads with double perforation
Group of 4 Ancient Himyarite Carnelian Beads with double perforation
Our Price: £185.00

A group of four ancient carnelian beads with rare double perforations. These are large beads and seldom seen for sale.

Ancient Himyarite Kingdom, Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly good with weathering commensurate with age.
Age: 1500 years old + or -
smallest 33 mm x 23 mm
largest 40 mm x 26 mm
Carnelian & Agate Necklace
Ancient Carnelian & Agate Necklace
Our Price: £170.00

A very nice necklace comprised of antique and ancient agate, chalcedony, quartz and carnelian beads.

Origin: India - traded to Western Asia and Africa
Condition: Very good with minor weathering
43 beads
approx 27 inches
Age: 500 years to Ancient
Ancient Pyu Carnelian Bead - 39 mm
Ancient Pyu Carnelian Bead - 39 mm
Our Price: £150.00

A large fiery ancient carnelian bead from Burma.

Origin: Burma, Pyu Period
Condition: Mostly good with some weathering, surface fissures and minor loss to one end. Still very robust and beautiful.

Ancient Oval Shaped Carnelian Bead
Ancient Oval Shaped Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely looking ancient carnelian bead. Seldom seen in this shape.

Condition: Very good
Western Asiatic
32 mm x 22 mm
4th Century BCE to 6th Century CE
Ancient Five Stripe Carnelian Bead
Ancient Five Stripe Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £150.00

An ancient 5 striped decorated carnelian bead.

Condition: Very good
Sourced in North India
Size approx 24 mm x 12 mm
4th Century BCE to 6th Century CE
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Five Stripes
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Five Stripes
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely ancient carnelian that has been decorated with five stripes.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very Good with some loss of decoration and a small end nik.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
21 mm x 8 mm
Ancient Longevity Carnelian - 12 mm
Ancient Longevity Carnelian - 12 mm
Our Price: £120.00

A lovely looking ancient carnelian displaying the sought after longevity decoration.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Excellent
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
Size: 12 mm
Ancient Longevity Carnelian - 11 mm
Ancient Longevity Carnelian - 11 mm
Our Price: £120.00

A lovely looking ancient carnelian displaying the sought after longevity decoration.

Sourced in Nepal

Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE 11 mm
Old Chin Carnelian Beads
Antique Chin Carnelian Beads
Our Price: £108.00

18 antique carnelian or chalcedony beads. Prized by the Chin people of Burma.

approx 10 to 11 mm
Origin: Burma

Please note that we have around 10 more sets (18 beads in each set) of identical quality. So if you require more of these beads, please add the quantity required to your cart.
Ancient Carnelian Bead
Ancient Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £108.00

A beautiful fat carnelian with gorgeous patina.

27.76 mm x 18.12 mm
Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions
Condition: Excellent
Four Antique Carnelian Beads
Four Antique Carnelian Beads
Our Price: £95.00

A lovely group of antique carnelian beads from India. Displaying a lovely usage patina from being worn and handled over the centuries.

Size:
smallest 18 mm x 9 mm
largest 23 mm x 14 mm
Condition: Very good
Age: 500 years + or -
Carnelian & Agate Necklace
Carnelian & Agate Necklace
Our Price: £95.00

A very nice necklace comprised of antique and ancient agate, chalcedony, quartz and carnelian beads.

Origin: India - traded to Western Asia and Africa
Condition: Very good with expected weathering
61 beads
approx 30 inches
Age: 500 years to Ancient
Ancient Carnelian Bead
Ancient Carnelian Bead with double Perforation
Our Price: £80.00

A large ancient carnelian bead with rare double perforation.

Himyarite Kingdom, Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly very good with some weathering
Age: 1500 years old + or -
33 mm x 24.5 mm x 10 mm (depth)
Ancient Carnelian Bead
Ancient Carnelian Bead with double Perforation
Our Price: £80.00

A large ancient carnelian bead with rare double perforation.

Himyarite Kingdom, Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly very good with minor weathering
Age: 1500 years old + or -
32 mm x 25 mm x 9.5 mm (depth)
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £40.00

Ancient decorated carnelian with five stripes.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Good with some weathering and surface digs.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
largest length approx 19 mm
smallest length 6 mm
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £40.00

Ancient decorated carnelian with 5 stripes.  

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
12 mm x 5 mm
Rare Carnelian Disc Bead Mala - 13 mm x 7 mm
Rare Carnelian Disc Bead Mala - 13 mm x 7 mm

SOLD!

A beautiful mala comprised of deep red carnelian rounded disc shaped beads. The beads have the feel of old beads and are often compared to Pema Raka or Nanhong beads. Comparable beads are often sold as antique and for very high prices, however, they are probably not so very old. The large agate bead acting as the guru bead appears to be ancient and the smaller of the agates looks like an ancient Bhaisajyaguru bead, however, this bead is probably a more recent creation. Each carnelian bead is flanked by smaller wooden disc beads to give the mala a very smooth action when used to recite mantras.

108 carnelian beads plus the two part agate guru bead.
strung on strong braided cord
Carnelian bead size approx 13 mm x 7 mm
Largest agate 19.5 mm
Smallest Agate 16 mm