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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 Decorated Carnelian with Cuneiform Script
Rare Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Cuneiform Script - 38 mm
Our Price: £795.00

A very rare large ancient carnelian bead displaying what appears to be cuneiform characters. This writing system dates back to Mesopotamian times and is as early as 3000 BCE and as late as 100 CE. Unfortunately the meaning on this bead has yet to be revealed. The colour of this bead (dark lines on pinkish grey body) probably suggests that some fire damage occurred. It could have been overheated by the bead maker when applying the decoration or perhaps it happened as the result of a cremation. It is also possible that the dark lines were intentional but a lighter base colour didn't take properly to the stone. There is some weathering to the body and a few surface digs, but it still remains robust and very suitable to be worn. This is the only bead of its type we have handled or ever seen for sale, so it is extremely rare amongst carnelians.

Condition: Mostly very good with weathering and surface fissures commensurate with age.
Provenance: Ex Rita Okrent Collection
Western Asiatic
Age: 1000 BCE + or -
38 mm x 14 mm
Ancient Carnelian Bead
Rare Ancient Carnelian Bead - 34.7 mm
Our Price: £350.00

A beautiful large ancient carnelian bead. Very rare to find in this quality.

Age: 1000 + years
34.7 mm x 15 mm
Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions
Condition: Excellent
Ancient Tabular Agate Bead Necklace
Ancient Tabular Agate Bead Necklace
Our Price: £350.00

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.
Five Ancient Infinity Carnelians
Five Ancient Infinity Carnelians
Our Price: £200.00

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
Six Ancient Carnelians
Six Ancient Carnelians
Our Price: £200.00

A selection of six ancient carnelian beads. Five display decoration and one is a natural Sardonyx bead, which is much rarer.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good with some loss of decoration
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
largest 13 mm
smallest 9 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 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 Decorated Carnelian with Five Stripes
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Five Stripes
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely ancient carnelian decorated with five stripes.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very Good with small loss of decoration.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
22.5 mm x 7 mm
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Ancient Bow Shaped Decorated Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £108.00

A small  ancient decorated carnelian with 3 stripes. This bead has a rare bow shape.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good with some weathering.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
21 mm x 9 mm
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
Old Chin Carnelian Beads
Antique Chin Carnelian Beads
Our Price: £108.00

18 antique carnelian 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 Tabular Decorated Carnelian
Ancient Tabular Decorated Carnelian with Spots & Stripes
Our Price: £100.00

A super tabular carnelian that has been decorated with stripes and spots.

Western Asiatic
Condition: Very Good
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
17 mm x 12 mm
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 Carnelian with 16 eyes
Ancient Carnelian with 16 eyes
Our Price: £80.00

A lovely ancient carnelian with a total of 16 spots or eyes. Blood spots can also be seen on the body.

Western Asiatic
Condition: Very good with minor weathering and some fading of decoration.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
19 mm x 12 mm
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Spots
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Spots
Our Price: £75.00

A lovely ancient carnelian decorated with spots.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very good with some loss of decoration.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
12 mm
Ancient Faceted Carnelian Bead
Ancient Faceted Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £55.00

A lovely faceted ancient carnelian bead. Sourced in India in the 1970s. This particular shape is becoming more difficult to find in recent years.

Condition: Good with some weathering and a ding worn smooth on one side.
Age: 1000 to 2000 years old
31mm x 13 mm
Origin: India
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Seven Stripes
Ancient Decorated Carnelian with Seven Stripes
Our Price: £50.00

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

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Good with some loss of decoration and surface digs
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
20 mm x 9.5 mm
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £45.00

A small ancient decorated carnelian with 3 stripes.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very Good with some weathering.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
11 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Ancient Decorated Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £45.00

A small ancient decorated carnelian with 4 stripes. A lovely ruby colour!

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Very Good but has loss of decoration.
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
16 mm x 7 mm
Antique Faceted Carnelian Bead
Antique Faceted Carnelian Bead
Our Price: £40.00

A lovely faceted bicone antique carnelian bead. Sourced in India in the 1970s.

Condition: Excellent
36 mm x 11 mm
Origin: India
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
Ancient Carnelian Bead Strand
Ancient Diamond Shaped Carnelian Bead Strand

SOLD!

A gorgeous fiery strand of ancient diamond shaped carnelian beads. A beautifully matched group of beads with secure screw clasp.
300 BCE - 200 CE

Sourced in Afghanistan
length of strand 21 inches
Condition: very good with some weathering and minor corrosion from extended burial.
largest bead approx 14.33 mm
Ancient Oval Shaped Carnelian Bead
Ancient Oval Shaped Carnelian Bead

SOLD!

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

Condition: Very good
Western Asiatic
27 mm x 18 mm
4th Century BCE to 6th Century CE
Rare Pair of Pema Raka w/ Antique Turquoise
Rare Pair of Pema Raka w/ Antique Turquoise

SOLD!

A superfine matched pair of Pema Raka Beads with antique turquoise.

Condition: Excellent
Pema raka bead size 12 mm
Sourced in Nepal
Ancient Carnelian Bead - 14 mm
Ancient Carnelian Bead - 14 mm

SOLD!

A lovely looking ancient carnelian bead. A perfect size for adding to a mala. Collected in India in the 1970s Condition: Very good Age: 1000 years + 14 mm