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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 -

10 Ancient Round Longevity Carnelians
10 Ancient Round Longevity Carnelians
Our Price: £500.00

10 round ancient decorated or etched carnelians with the longevity decoration.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good with minor weathering.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
approx 11 mm
Sixteen Ancient Decorated Carnelian Beads
Sixteen Ancient Decorated Carnelian Beads
Our Price: £490.00

A group of sixteen ancient decorated carnelian beads.

Beads have remained in a private collection since the 1980s.
Origin: Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or repairs.
10 mm to 16 mm
500 BCE + or -
Four Ancient Decorated Carnelian Beads
Four Ancient Decorated Carnelian Beads
Our Price: £395.00

A group of four ancient decorated carnelian beads.

Beads have remained in a private collection since the 1980s.
Origin: Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or repairs.
12 to 14 mm
500 BCE + or -
Two Ancient Decorated Carnelian Beads
Two Ancient Decorated Carnelian Beads
Our Price: £280.00

Two ancient decorated carnelian beads.

Beads have remained in a private collection since the 1980s.
Origin: Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or repairs.
15 mm to 16 mm
500 BCE + or -
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.
Group of Ancient Pyu or Tircul Beads
Group of Ancient Pyu or Tircul Beads - Burma
Our Price: £195.00

A nice group of ancient stone beads. Including ancient beads crafted from rock crystal, ancient agatised pumteks, a carnelian tube and decorated carnelians. All beads were found in Burma.

Origin: Ancient Burma, Pyu/Tircul,
Age: 2000 Years + or -
Condition: Mostly very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
The rock crystal bead has a few digs but still remains robust.
rock crystal bead measures 19 mm diameter
Pumteks meaures 9.5 mm
carnelian tube measures 26 mm x 6 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
Ancient Pyu or Tircul Facted Carnelian Bead
Large Ancient Pyu or Tircul Facted Carnelian Bead - 47 mm
Our Price: £175.00

A highly collectible carnelian stone bead from ancient Burma.

47 mm x 12 mm
Origin: Ancient Burma, Pyu/Tircul,
Age: 2000 Years + or -
Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
7 x Antique to Ancient Carnelian Stone Beads
7 x Antique to Ancient Carnelian Stone Beads
Our Price: £150.00

A group of seven antique to ancient carnelian stone beads that were all found in Nepal. A great mix of beads.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good
Age: 500 to 2000 years old.
approx 10 mm to 24 mm
7 x Antique to Ancient Quartz Stone Beads
7 x Antique to Ancient Himalayan Quartz Stone Beads
Our Price: £150.00

A group of seven antique to ancient Himalayan quartz stone beads that were all found in Nepal. Some appear to have been treated to turn them from their natural colour to orange or brown. Possibly trying to imitate carnelian and jasper.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good
Age: 500 to 1000 years old.
approx 13 mm to 17 mm
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 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 - 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
Carnelian & Agate Necklace
Ancient Carnelian & Agate Necklace
Our Price: £120.00

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 Decorated Carnelian with Spots - 10.5 mm
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Zig Zag & Spot Motif - 10.5 mm
Our Price: £108.00

A wonderful ancient carnelian bead. Decorated with zig zag equatorial stripes and spots or eyes. Beads with this design are now rarely seen in the marketplace.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
10.5 mm
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Spots
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Spots - 12 mm
Our Price: £108.00

A wonderful ancient carnelian bead. Decorated with numerous spots or eyes. Beads with this design are now rarely seen in the marketplace.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
12 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 a few 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
Ancient Round Tabular Decorated Carnelian Bead
Ancient Round Tabular Decorated Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £105.00

A delightful ancient tabular decorated carnelian bead. With longevity style decoration.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s.
Origin: Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly good with some weathering and a few dings. No breaks or repairs.
16 mm x 9 mm (depth)
500 BCE + 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 Pyu Carnelian Bead - 38 mm
Ancient Pyu Carnelian Bead - 38 mm
Our Price: £80.00

A large ancient carnelian bead from Burma.

Origin: Burma, Pyu Period
Condition: Mostly good with some weathering and a zone of natural inclusion on one side.
38 mm x 13 mm

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 with Spots - 10.5 mm
4 x Antique Faceted Indian Carnelians
Our Price: £40.00

A group of four antique carnelian beads.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good
Age: 100 years + or -
approx 25 mm x 12 mm