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A prized collection of authentic ancient dZi beads. Including antique and rare collectible stone beads from Tibet, the Himalayan regions, Burma and beyond.


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The dating terminology for this website:

CE = Common Era (Instead of AD)
BCE = Before the Common Era (Instead of BC)

Ancient = more than 1000 years old
Antique = more than 100 years old
Old or Vintage = more than 30 years old but not quite an antique
New or Contemporary = less than 30 years old


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Ancient Four Striped Chung dZi with Gold Repair
Huge Ancient Four Striped Chung dZi with Gold Repair - 69 mm
Our Price: £2,995.00

A very large and dramatic ancient Chong dZi. The bead is crafted from a dark opaque agate and displays four stripes. It has been repaired with a band of 22 K gold. A very powerful looking dZi bead amulet that would look wonderful strung on its own or with other Himalayan beads.

length 69 mm x 19 mm
1000 BCE to 300 CE
Origin: Tibet/Nepal
Huge Ancient Agate Bead - South East Asia - 12.8 cms
Huge Ancient Agate Bead - South East Asia - 12.8 cms
Our Price: £2,500.00

A beautiful and rare ancient agate bead that is often referred to as comb or wing shaped. This is the largest complete and undamaged ancient bead we have ever offered for sale. It is incredibly dramatic and would make a magnificent focal bead on a necklace. Originating from South East Asia and probably dating to around 600 CE. Measuring more than 5 inches wide!!

Age: 600 CE + or -
South East Asia
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering commensurate with age.
128 mms 18 mm x 7 mm (depth)
Ancient Pumtek Bead Bracelet - 18 Beads
Ancient Pumtek Bead Bracelet - 18 Beads - Largest 15 mm
Our Price: £1,800.00

A highly collectible bracelet comprised of 18 authentic Pumtek beads with the classic six stripe design. Exquisite beads with a desirable usage patina.

Strung on strong elasticated cord.
Collected in the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good. With weathering and patina commensurate with age

Bead size:

1 x 10.5 mm
4 x 11 mm
9 x 12 mm
2 x 13 mm
1 x 14 mm
1 x 15 mm
Ancient Banded Agate Suleimani Bead Necklace
Ancient Banded Agate Suleimani Bead Necklace
Our Price: £1,800.00

A fantastic necklace of prized ancient agate suleimani beads. Strung beautifully and ready to be worn. There is a wonderful variety of shapes on this necklace and the beads are in mostly very good condition. With weathering and patina commensurate with age.

36 ancient agates
Western Asiatic
1000 BCE + or -
approx 20 inches
the central bead measures 22 mm x 15 mm
Ancient Agate Bead Strand
Ancient Agate Bead Strand
Our Price: £1,800.00

A great strand of 40 ancient Indo-Tibetan and Western Asiatic banded agates. Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

40 ancient agate beads.
1 antique turquoise bead
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering
Length of strand approx 24 inches
largest bead = 26 mm x 18 mm
smallest = 8 mm x 8 mm
Age of agates: 1000 BCE to 300 CE
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Pumtek
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek - 29.5 mm
Our Price: £1,500.00

A superfine highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with four zig zag stripes. Very dZi-like in quality and with a gorgeous usage patina from centuries of heirlooming. A fine collectors bead!

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 29.5 mm x 9.5 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Two Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek with Two Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £1,500.00

A very fine highly agatised ancient Pumtek stone bead from Burma. The bead displays two zig zag stripes and triple end stripes. This is a design seldom seen as the majority of Tiger Pumteks have at least 3 stripes or above. Polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming and having a very dZi-like quality.

Origin: Burma
Collected in India in the 1980s
approx 25 mm x 11 mm
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Ancient Indus Valley Stone Bead
Huge Ancient Banded Agate Stone Bead - 83.5 mm
Our Price: £1,500.00

A stunning ancient banded agate bead from the Indus Valley region. This is the largest natural agate bead we have seen for sale in many years. Also displays blood spots.

Age: 1000 BCE to 2300 BCE
Western Asiatic
Condition: Very good with minor weathering.
83.5 mm x 13 mm
Rare Ancient Phum Dzi with Mountain Peaks
Rare Ancient Phum dZi with Mountain Peaks
Our Price: £1,400.00

A fantastic ancient Phum dZi with the longevity decoration and four moutain peaks. A perfect size for adding to a mala.

Condition: Mostly Very Good with minor weathering.
Soured in Nepal
17 mm x 15 mm
400 BCE to 600 CE
Rare Ancient Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14.28 mm
Rare Ancient Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14.28 mm
Our Price: £1,300.00

A fine looking highly agatised ancient Pumtek displaying 6 diamond shaped eyes (one eye within the other). It has a fine usage patina and ends are worn smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
14.28 mm
Ancient Single Stripe Chong dZi - 34 mm
Ancient Single Stripe Chong dZi - 34 mm
Our Price: £1,200.00

A magnificent ancient Chong dZi with a large dark stripe in the centre. This is a mostly opaque bead and has a beautiful usage patina from many centuries of heirlooming. One of the nicest examples of its type that you are likely to find.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s.
Condition: Very good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or cracks.
Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan Regions
34 mm x 11.5 mm
1000 BCE to 300 CE
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Pumtek
Authentic Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £1,200.00

A superfine highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with four zig zag stripes. Very dZi-like in quality. A fine collectors bead!

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very good with a minor dig
Size: 27.5 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Luk Mik dZi Bead
Ancient Luk Mik dZi Bead - 29 mm
Our Price: £1,100.00

A delightful ancient agate eye bead displaying a fine usage patina and weathering commensurate with age.

Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions
Condition: Mostly Very Good. No breaks or repairs and still remaining very robust. A small nik at one of the holes worn smooth.
Age: 1000 BCE to 300 BCE
approx 29 mm x 26 mm
12 mm depth
Rare Ancient Decorated Agate with Mountain Peak Design
Rare Ancient Decorated Agate with Mountain Peak Design
Our Price: £1,000.00

A very rare round decorated agate bead with a six peak mountain design. It is the only bead of its type we have ever seen offered for sale.

Condition: Mostly Very Good with minor weathering and faded decoration.
Soured in India in the 1970s
Size: 13.5 mm
400 BCE to 600 CE
Rare Ancient Barrel Shaped Longevity dZi
Rare Ancient Barrel Shaped Longevity dZi
Our Price: £1,000.00

A fantastic ancient longevity dZi bead with a rare barrel shape or possibly a small ancient Phum dZi. A perfect size for adding to a mala.

Condition: Mostly Very Good with minor weathering.
Soured in Nepal
14 mm x 11 mm
400 BCE to 600 CE
Ancient Luk Mik dZi Bead
Ancient Luk Mik dZi Bead - 38 mm
Our Price: £1,000.00

A rare size ancient tabular agate bead with a greyish-blue colour, possibly indicating that this bead leans more towards the blue chalcedony variety. The overall condition is mostly very good. There are some superficial surface fissures that are inherent in the stone. Tabular beads in this size are seldom seen and they have been prized since ancient times in Tibet. Many beads of this type originated from Persia or the Indus Valley region and were adopted by Tibetans as a unique type of dZi bead.

Condition: Mostly Very Good. No breaks or repairs and still remaining very robust.
Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions
Age: 1000 BCE to 300 BCE
approx 38 mm x 36 mm
15 mm depth
Ancient Longevity dZi Bead - 19.5 mm
Ancient Longevity dZi Bead - 19.5 mm
Our Price: £980.00

A wonderful dark ancient longevity dZi bead with clear decoration.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s.
Condition: Very good with weathering commensurate with age. No breaks or cracks.
Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan Regions
19.5 mm x 9 mm
400 BCE to 600 CE
Rare Ancient Four Striped Decorated Agate - 16.65 mm
Rare Ancient Four Striped Decorated Agate - 16.65 mm
Our Price: £900.00

A highly collectible large decorated agate with four equatorial stripes and weathering commensurate with age. When viewed at the side perforations two eyes can be seen. This is an extremely well worn heirloom bead that could be more than 2000 years old. What is also very interesting about this bead is that there are four holes in each of the directions and it is slightly more oval in shape.

Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good.
No breaks or repairs
Size: 16.65 mm
Very Rare Hand Carved Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha
Very Rare Hand Carved Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha
Our Price: £895.00

An incredibly rare hand carved lapis lazuli Medicine Buddha. In his right hand he holds the healing Myrobalan plant.  This is a one off piece and was carved by a master stone carver in Nepal. It is without doubt one of the finest lapis carvings of Sangye Menla you are likely to see.

Hand carved in Nepal.
Material: Natural Lapis Lazuli
height approx 3.5 inches (90 mm)
Ancient Five Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 37 mm
Ancient Five Stripe Tiger Pumtek Bead - 37 mm
Our Price: £875.00

A stunning highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 5 nicely contrasted zig zag stripes.There is an very old nik to one of the ends but the rest of the bead remains robust and damage free. This bead is very dZi-like in quality and has a very desirable usage patina.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good with an old end nik.
37 mm x 9.5 mm
Large Ancient Blue Glass & Lapis Lazuli Necklace
Large Ancient Blue Glass & Lapis Lazuli Necklace
Our Price: £850.00

A beautiful necklace comprised of 21 ancient dark blue glass beads that closely resemble beads from the Ban Chiang region of Northern Thailand. Ban Chiang beads normally have a truncated biconical shape and these beads are faceted, so they might be from a different region entirely. The beads display a lovely translucent sapphire blue when back lit. They are also strung with very rare untreated AAA grade Lapis Lazuli beads and we haven't been able to source Lapis in this quality for many years.

Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Average Ban Chiang Bead measures approx 24 mm x 16 mm
28 Lapis Lazuli Beads (8 mm) are from Afghanistan and were cut and polished in Germany.
Glass Bead Origin: South East Asia
Glass bead age: 200 BCE + or -
length of necklace approx 24 inches
Himalayan Bead Necklace with Ancient Phum dZi, Coral, Amber, Turquoise & Silver
Himalayan Bead Necklace with Ancient Phum dZi, Coral, Amber, Turquoise & Silver
Our Price: £825.00

This necklace was aquired in the 1970s by the previous owner. It is comprised of antique red coral, antique turquoise, antique amber (possibly Burmite and of Burmese origin), a portion of an ancient Phum dZi and numerous hilltribe silver beads. The ancient Phum dZi was clearly broken many hundreds of years ago and has a patina and wear at both ends that indicates it continued to be heirloomed, worn and cherished despite the break. A great collection of beads that makes for a very eye catching and unique necklace.

33 antique red coral beads (smallest 8 mm diameter, largest 18 mm)
3 antique turquoise beads (largest 24 mm x 24 mm)
Ancient Phum dZi (20 mm x 15 mm)
largest amber 27 mm
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering and patina commensurate with age.
Length of strand approx 20 inches
total weight 112 grams

n.b. One of the amber beads has loss to one of the ends
Rare Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Rare Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £800.00

A magnificent highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. This very dZi-like Pumtek came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently. Displaying a beautiful shape and clear lines. The body and ends are polished smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Excellent with no damage breaks or repairs.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
Collected in the 1980s
28 mm x 8.5 mm
Rare Strand of Banded Agate beads - 20 beads
Rare Strand of Banded Agate beads - 20 beads
Our Price: £800.00

A fine looking strand of banded agate beads that closely resemble ancient Indo-Tibetan agates. In fact these beads continue to be mistaken for ancient beads. They were soon to disappear from the marketplace around 10 years ago because they became very sought after and it seems that only a small amount were made. This is the first strand of these beads we have seen for sale in many years and at one point they were selling online for as much as $300 for a single bead.

each bead measures approx  29 mm to 43 mm
Total length of strand 26 inches.
Sourced from private collection here in the UK.
Age: It is likely they were created in the mid to late 1990s.
Large Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek - 42 mm
Large Ancient Six Striped Tiger Pumtek - 42 mm
Our Price: £800.00

A fine highly agatised ancient Pumtek bead. This impressive bead displays 6 zig zag stripes and has a lovely usage patina from centuries of being worn on the body. The flecks in the stone show the original grain of the fossilwood. It came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently.

Condition: Excellent
Origin: Burma
42 mm x 9 mm
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
Antique Himalayan Necklace with Red Coral & Turquoise
Antique Himalayan Necklace with Red Coral & Turquoise
Our Price: £700.00

A lovely Himalayan necklace comprised of authentic antique natural coral and antique turquoise.

Age of beads: 100 to 300 years
Collected in the 1980s
length of necklace 16 inches
largest corals measure 13 mm
Condition: Mostly very good with natural pitting and surface fissures. No breaks or repairs
52 grams
Ancient Chung dZi Bead
Huge Gold Capped Ancient Chung dZi
Our Price: £700.00

A stunning ancient Chung dZi that has been capped with 24 K gold. It displays gorgeous banding and two 'decorated' equatorial stipes. When whole this bead would have been more than 10 cms in length!! This is one of the finest banded agate beads we have ever offered for sale.

48.89 mm x 20.13 mm
Prized in the Himalayan Regions
Age 1000 BCE to 300 CE
Rare Hand Carved Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha
Rare Hand Carved Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha
Our Price: £695.00

Only 1 available!

A rare quality hand carved lapis lazuli Medicine Buddha statue. In his right hand he holds the healing Myrobalan plant and he sits on a double lotus base.

Material: Natural Lapis Lazuli
height approx 2.1 inches x 1.5 inches
Ancient Rock Crystal Necklace - South East Asia
Ancient Rock Crystal Necklace - South East Asia
Our Price: £695.00

An amazing ancient rock crystal necklace from South East Asia. Includes mostly round beads of graduated size and also three much larger faceted beads.

Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
Age: 2000 years old + or -
Origin: South East Asia
length approx 27 inches
Hand Carved Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha
Rare Hand Carved Lapis Lazuli Medicine Buddha
Our Price: £695.00

An incredibly rare quality hand carved lapis lazuli Medicine Buddha in the style of a Tsa Tsa tablet. In his right hand he holds the healing Myrobalan plant. This is a one off piece and was carved by a master stone carver in Nepal. A choice piece of lapis was selected with gorgeous cloud-like quartz inclusions and flecks of golden pyrite. Beautiful!

Hand carved in Nepal.
Material: Natural Lapis Lazuli
height approx 2.8 inches (72 mm)
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 26.5 mm
Ancient Bird/Chevron Pumtek Bead - 26.5 mm
Our Price: £680.00

A very nice authentic Pumtek displaying 6 birds or chevron design.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Very Good. No breaks or cracks.
26.5 mm x 9.5 mm
Authentic Ancient Five Striped Pumtek - 41 mm
Authentic Ancient Five Striped Pumtek - 41 mm
Our Price: £640.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with five zig zag stripes and a lovely mocha colour. A fine collectors bead!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 41 mm x 11 mm
Ancient Round Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14 mm
Ancient Round Diamond Eye Pumtek - 14 mm
Our Price: £630.00

A lovely mocha coloured agatised Pumtek, displaying 6 diamond shaped eyes (one eye within the other). The ends are worn smooth from centuries of heirlooming.

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma
Condition: Very Good. No breaks or cracks.
14 mm
Amitabha Buddha ~  Lapis Lazuli Stone Carving
Amitabha Buddha ~ Lapis Lazuli Stone Carving
Our Price: £625.00

Only 1 available!

A lovely stone carving depicting the Buddha Amitabha. Hand carved from a single piece of high quality Lapis Lazuli.

Condition: Excellent
Material: Lapis Lazuli with Golden Pyrite
height 1.9 inches width 1.3 inches depth 17 mm
110 carats (22 grams)
Three Highly Agatised Ancient Pumtek Stone Beads with the Six Stripe Design
Three Highly Agatised Ancient Pumtek Stone Beads with the Six Stripe Design - 11 to 14 mm
Our Price: £620.00

A group of three highly collectible Pumtek beads with the classic six stripe design. Each bead displays a lovely usage patina from centuries of heirlooming. Dark and beautiful!

These beads have remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
No breaks or repairs.
smallest 11 mm
largest 14 mm
A group of 7 Large Natural Red Coral Beads ~ 14 mm to 15.5 mm
A group of 7 Large Natural Red Coral Beads ~ 14 mm to 15.5 mm
Our Price: £610.00

A wonderful group of antique natural red coral beads. Extremely difficult to find in this size and very sought after colour!

These bead have remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Condition: Very good with natural pitting and surface fissures. No breaks or repairs
14 mm to 15.5 mm
Age: 100 years plus
35 grams
Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Ancient Four Striped Tiger Pumtek
Our Price: £600.00

A fine looking ancient Tiger Pumtek stone bead. This impressive agatised bead displays 4 zig zag stripes and has a superfine usage patina that is almost dZi-like in quality. It came out of Burma in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection until recently.

Condition: Excellent with a small end nik that has worn smooth.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
26 mm x 8 mm
Ancient Bactrian Lapis Lazuli Bead Necklace
Ancient Bactrian Lapis Lazuli Bead Necklace - 71 beads
Our Price: £580.00

A stunning necklace comprised of 71 ancient Bactrian Lapis Lazuli. Beads are matched in size and are mostly round in shape. Strung on braided nylon cord with knots bewteen in each bead and a gilt clasp.

Age: 600 BCE to 600 CE
length of necklace approx 20 inches
each bead measure on average 8 mm
Condition: Excellent
Origin: Afghanistan
Ancient Bactrian Lapis Lazuli & Turquoise Bead Necklace
Ancient Bactrian Lapis Lazuli & Turquoise Bead Necklace
Our Price: £550.00

A beautiful necklace comprised of 2000 year old ancient Lapis Lazuli, carnelian and turquoise beads. Finished with a silver toggle clasp.

Age: 300 BCE + or -
length of necklace approx 17 inches
main lapis focal bead measures 46 mm x 37 mm
Condition: Mostly very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Origin: Afghanistan
Antique Tibetan Turquoise w/ Vintage Silver Necklace
Antique Tibetan Turquoise w/ Vintage Silver Necklace
Our Price: £520.00

Unique and one of a kind!

A gorgeous designed necklace comprised of authentic antique turquoise beads and high quality vintage silver beads. There are also a number of ancient quartz crystal beads that are possibly Bactrian in origin. Strung beautifully and finished with a high quality silver clasp. The beads display a desirable usage patina and weathering commensurate with age. A highly wearable necklace with a lovely weight and striking appearance.

Age of Turquoise = 100 to 300 years old.
Condition: Very good with minor weathering
Private European collection from the 1980s
approx length of necklace = 22.5 inches
smallest turquoise = 13 mm
largest turquoise = 38 mm
large silver cornerless cube focal bead = 23 mm
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes - 37 mm
Our Price: £500.00

A large highly agatised tan coloured ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes that flank a central equatorial stripe. Much rarer than other Tiger Pumteks with the simple zig zag stripe design. The flecks in the stone are the original grain of the fossilised wood and are not cracks.

Condition: Very good with no breaks or damage.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
37 mm x 8 mm
Antique Nephrite Jade Tiger Amulet
Antique Nephrite Jade Tiger Amulet
Our Price: £500.00

A lovely antique deep green nephrite jade pendant in the form of a tiger. There is a suspension hole at the tail to allow it to be worn as a pendant.

47 mm x 30 mm
Origin: China
from an old UK collection.
late 19th/ early 20th C
Condition: Very good
Ancient Agate Bead
Ancient Agate Eye Bead
Our Price: £500.00

A fantastic ancient agate bead with wonderful natural banding and a naturally formed eye. One end has deep wear worn smooth from centuries of handling and rubbing against other beads. Blood spots can also be seen under magnification. The surface fissures are only superficial and do not run deep into the bead. A great piece with loads of character!

Age: 1000 BCE to 300 CE
Prized in the Himalayan Regions
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering and surface fissures commensurate with great age. It still remains robust and very suitable to be worn.
Size: 27 mm x 19 mm
Large Antique Seven Layer Venetian Chevron
Huge Antique Seven Layer Venetian Chevron - 16th C
Our Price: £500.00

An antique drawn glass seven layer Venetian chevron from the African trade. A very large vibrant collectible glass bead.

Origin: Venice, Italy
16th Century
approx 50.5 mm (2 inches) x 37 mm
perforation size = 11 mm
Condition: Very good with some weathering
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 2 Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 2 Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £480.00

A fine looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 2 zig zag stripes that flank a central equatorial stripe. Much rarer than other Tiger Pumteks with the simple zig zag stripe design.

Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
25 mm x 8 mm
Rare Quality New Sakor Namkor dZi Bead - 34 mm
Rare Quality New Sakor Namkor dZi Bead - 34 mm
Our Price: £450.00

A large fine quality new Sakor Namkor dZi bead. Possibly dating to the 1990s.

approx 34 mm x 10.5 mm
sourced in Nepal
Huge Antique Seven Layer Venetian Chevron
Huge Antique Seven Layer Venetian Chevron - 16th C
Our Price: £450.00

An antique drawn glass seven layer Venetian chevron from the African trade. A classic glass bead of rare size. Introduced to Africa by Dutch merchants, the chevron bead became highly valued for personal adornment.

Origin: Venice, Italy
16th Century
approx 41 mm x 40 mm
perforation size = 7.5 mm
Condition: Very good with some weathering
Amitabha Buddha ~  Ruby & Zoisite Stone Carving
Amitabha Buddha ~ Ruby & Zoisite Stone Carving
Our Price: £425.00

Only 1 available!

A lovely stone carving depicting the Buddha Amitabha. Hand carved from a single piece of Ruby in a Green Zoisite matrix.

Condition: Excellent
Material: Ruby & Zoisite
height 2.5 inches width 1.6 inches depth 22 mm
340 carats (68 grams)
Dorje Chang Sapphire Stone Carving
Dorje Chang Sapphire Stone Carving
Our Price: £425.00

Only 1 available!

A lovely stone carving depicting the primordial Buddha known as Vajradhara or Dorje Chang. Hand carved from a single piece of sapphire. It is extremely hard to find hand carved stone statues of Tibetan deities, so this piece is very rare and highly collectible. It was especially commissioned and this is the only one that we will offer.

The first photo is taken outside in natural light conditions.

Condition: Excellent
Material: Sapphire
height 2.25 inches width 1.5 inches depth 21 mm
285 carats (57 grams)
Huge Antique Red Coral Bead ~ 31 mm
Huge Antique Red Coral Bead ~ 31 mm
Our Price: £420.00

A huge antique natural red coral bead. Extremely difficult to find in this size and very sought after colour!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Condition: Very good with natural pitting and surface fissures. No breaks or repairs
31 mm x 19 mm (depth)
Age: 100 years plus
24 grams
Antique Conch w/ Vintage Silver Necklace
Antique Nagaland Conch w/ Vintage Silver Beads - Unique Necklace
Our Price: £410.00

Unique and one of a kind!

A beautiful designed necklace comprised of authentic antique nagaland conch shell (chank) beads and high quality vintage hilltribe silver beads. There are also two antique hilltribe silver coin pendants worn smooth from years of handling. Strung elegantly and finished with a high quality silver clasp. The beads display a desirable usage patina and weathering commensurate with age. Gorgeous!

Age of Conch = 100 to 300 years old.
Condition: Very good with minor weathering
Private European collection from the 1980s
approx length of necklace = 19.5 inches
large conch focal bead = 32 mm
Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £400.00

A fine looking highly agatised ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes. There is a small dig to one end that has been worn smooth by centuries of heirlooming.

Condition: Mostly very good with loss to one end.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
26 x 8 mm
Rare Quality New Two Eyed dZi Bead - 37 mm
Rare Quality New Two Eyed dZi Bead - 37 mm
Our Price: £400.00

A large fine quality new Two Eyed dZi bead. Possibly dating to the 1990s.

approx 39 mm x 12 mm
sourced in Nepal
Zoomorphic Jade Pendant
Hand Carved Zoomorphic Jade Tiger Pendant
Our Price: £400.00

A fine looking large nephrite jade pendant carved in what appears to be a stylised crouching tiger or feline like creature. There is a suspension hole at the top to allow it to be strung and worn as a pendant. There does appear to be some age to this piece and the carving is very well executed.

Origin: China
From an old collection here in the UK.
Age: Early to Mid 20th C
94 mm x 29.5 mm x 12 mm
67 grams
Condition: Very good
Material: Nephrite Jade
Ancient Bow Shaped Jade Bead
Ancient Bow Shaped Jade Bead
Our Price: £400.00

A wonderful bow shaped nephrite jade bead with a fine usage patina.

Origin: China
Age: 2000 years old +
35 mm x 11 mm
Condition: Excellent
Material: Nephrite Jade
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Our Price: £400.00

A beautifully sculpted ancient banded agate bead with fine natural banding and a natural eye when viewing the side profile. Ancient agate beads of this quality rarely come into the marketplace.

Age: 1000 BCE to 2500 BCE
Western Asiatic
Condition: Very good with minor weathering
31 mm x 23 mm
Fine quality Matched Pair of Tiger dZi
Fine quality Matched Pair of New Tiger dZi
Our Price: £400.00

A fine quality matched pair of oval dZi displaying the sought after Tiger design. This is one of the finest sets of this type that we have ever offered. Perfect for flanking a longer dZi bead.

22.00 mm x 18 mm
Sourced in Nepal
Antique Nagaland Tribal Glass Carnelian Beads
Antique Nagaland Tribal Glass Carnelian Beads
Our Price: £395.00

A delightful strand of antique Nagaland glass beads that imitate carnelian. The beads have a wonderful usage patina from being worn and it is incredibly difficult to tell the glass beads apart from genuine carnelians. Some of the smallest disc shaped beads might actually be crafted from carnelian. The round faceted glass beads are particularly nice examples.

83 beads
19th C
Origin: Nagaland, Northeast India
Condition: Very good with some weathering
length of necklace approx 25 inches
largest bead measures 29 mm x 11.5 mm
Ancient Mesopotamian Agate Bead
Ancient Mesopotamian Agate Bead
Our Price: £395.00

A fine looking large Mesopotamian ancient agate bead with a lovely crystalline zone, like the peak of a snow capped mountain. It would make a great focal bead on a necklace.

Age: 2000 BCE t0 1000 BCE
Western Asiatic
Condition: A very good robust bead with weathering commensurate with age.
Size: 36 mm x 26 mm x ( mm (depth)
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Ancient Tabular Banded Agate Bead
Our Price: £395.00

A beautifully sculpted ancient banded agate bead with fine natural banding and several natural eyes. Ancient agate beads of this quality rarely come into the marketplace.

Age: 1000 BCE +
Western Asiatic
Condition: Very good with minor weathering
23 mm x 14 mm
Ancient Indus Valley Stone Bead
Ancient Indus Valley Stone Bead - 27.5 mm
Our Price: £380.00

A beautiful ancient biconal stone bead with lovely banding and natural eyes.

Age: 1000 BCE + or -
Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
27.5 mm x 15 mm
Large Ancient Banded Agate Comb Bead - South East Asia - 72mm
Large Ancient Banded Agate Comb Bead - South East Asia - 72mm
Our Price: £380.00

A beautiful ancient agate bead that is often referred to as comb or wing shaped. This is a very large bead and would make a magnificent focal bead on a necklace. Originating from South East Asia and probably dating to around 600 CE.

Age: 600 CE + or -
South East Asia
Condition: Mostly very good with a minor end nik that is commensurate with age.
72.5 x 24 mm
Ancient Longevity dZi
Ancient Longevity dZi
Our Price: £380.00

A wonderful ancient longevity dZi bead with clear decoration.

Condition: Mostly Good with some weathering.
Soured in Nepal
18 mm x 9 mm
400 BCE to 600 CE
New Six Eyed dZi Bead - 42 mm
New Six Eyed dZi Bead - 42 mm
Our Price: £350.00

A high quality new six eyed dZi bead from the 1990s.

Material: Agate
approx 42 mm x 13 mm
Sourced in Nepal.
Rare Ancient Bow Shaped Carnelian Bead - 45.5 mm
Rare Ancient Bow Shaped Carnelian Bead - 45.5 mm
Our Price: £350.00

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.
New Two Eyed dZi Bead - 49 mm
New Two Eyed dZi Bead - 49 mm
Our Price: £350.00

A large fine quality new two eyed dZi bead.

approx 49 mm x 12 mm
sourced in Nepal
New Three Eyed dZi Bead
New Three Eyed dZi Bead - 50 mm
Our Price: £350.00

A large fine quality new three eyed dZi bead.

approx 50 mm x 12 mm
sourced in Nepal
Ancient Banded Agate/Chalcedony Strand
Ancient Banded Agate/Chalcedony Strand
Our Price: £350.00

A great collection of 39 ancient Western Asiatic banded agate or chalcedony beads.

smallest 14 mm
largest 21 mm
length of strand approx 24 inches
1000 BCE to 2500 BCE
Condition: Very good
Antique Pema Raka
3 Antique Pema Raka
Our Price: £350.00

Three Pema Raka carnelian beads with weathering commensurate with age. You will receive the exact beads shown. One of the beads displays a very rare natural eye.

longest 24 mm
smallest 22.5 mm
Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions
300 years to ancient
Condition: Good robust beads with some weathering and surface fissures that is common with these beads.
Ancient Chung dZi Bead
Large Ancient Damaged Chung dZi
Our Price: £350.00

An impressive damaged portion of an extremely large Chung dZi. This piece would have easily been more than 10 cm in length when whole. A large decorated stripe still wraps around the body. It would look very striking if it was capped in gold.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
34.51mm x 23.91 mm
1000 BCE to 300 CE
Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead
Authentic Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - Orange Lines
Our Price: £350.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 12 stripe design. Displaying a beautiful usage patina and gorgeous colour. A fine collectors bead!

Collected in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Mostly very good with minor weathering
Size: 14 mm
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Our Price: £350.00

A superb looking ancient agate bead with a fine usage patina. The surface is worn silky smooth from many centuries of heirlooming.

Age: 1000 BCE to 300 CE
Western Asiatic
Condition: Mostly very good with a minor surface shaving on one end
37 mm x 17.5 mm
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Large Ancient Banded Agate Bead - 41 mm
Our Price: £350.00

A beautifully sculpted ancient banded agate bead. Very few beads of this quality and size are ever seen in the marketplace. This will be one of the most spectacular agates in your collection.

Age: 1000 BCE + or -
Western Asiatic
Condition: Very good with minor weathering
41 mm x 29 mm
Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead
Authentic Ancient 12 Stripe Pumtek Stone Bead - 13.65 mm
Our Price: £340.00

A wonderful highly agatised ancient pumtek stone bead with the more difficult to find 12 stripe design. Displaying a beautiful usage patina that only develops from hundreds of years of heirlooming. A fine collectors bead!

This bead has remained in a private collection since the 1980s
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul
Condition: Excellent
Size: 13.65 mm
Gigantic New dZi Bead - 90 mm
Gigantic New dZi Bead - 90 mm
Our Price: £320.00

An impressive newly created agate dZi bead with a swirling design.

approx 90 mm x 23 mm
Sourced in Nepal.
Huge Ancient Jasper Bead
Huge Ancient Jasper Bead - 50 mm
Our Price: £300.00

A very large robust ancient jasper bead displaying great age and a lovely deep brown colour.

Western Asiatic
Age: 1000 BCE + or -
50 mm x 18.5 mm
Condition: Mostly good with weathering and surface digs commensurate with age.
Seven Ancient Carnelians
Seven Ancient Carnelians
Our Price: £300.00

A selection of seven ancient carnelian beads.

Sourced in Nepal
Condition: Mostly good with weathering commensurate with age and some loss of decoration
Age: 400 BCE to 600 CE
largest 15 mm
smallest 10 mm
A strand of 36 Chinese Turquoise Beads
A strand of 36 Chinese Turquoise Beads
Our Price: £300.00

A delightful necklace of natural freeform turquoise beads that were purchased in Nepal in the 1980s. There is also two antique coral beads (7 mm) at the clasp

largest 19.5 mm
smallest 12 mm
18.5 inches
Origin: China
88 grams
Necklace with Carnelian and Banded Agate - Ancient Replica
Necklace with Carnelian and Banded Agate - Ancient Replica
Our Price: £300.00

There are some really beautiful looking beads on this necklace and to the untrained eye they look like ancient beads from South East Asia, however, these beads are crafted to replicate ancient beads. The necklace is composed of banded agate bicone beads and various shaped carnelians. The main focal bead is a wedge or bow shaped banded agate. Beads are strung with a screw clasp and are ready to be worn.

sourced in Thailand
approx length of necklace = 22 inches
bow shaped agate measures 37 mm x 14 mm
Condition: very good
Ancient Jasper Bead
Ancient Jasper Bead
Our Price: £300.00

A large ancient jasper bead with deep maroon ends and a natual equatorial stripe.

Western Asiatic
Age: 1000 BCE + or -
41 mm x 13 mm
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering and surface digs commensurate with age.
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Rare Ancient Tiger Pumtek - 4 Zig Zag Stripes
Our Price: £300.00

A fine looking highly agatised dark ancient Tiger Pumtek displaying 4 zig zag stripes that flank a central equatorial stripe. Much rarer than other Tiger Pumteks with the simple zig zag stripe design. There is a small amount of loss to one end, however, it is still remains robost and wearable.

Condition: Mostly very good with loss to one end.
Origin: Burma, Pyu/Tircul Period
30 mm x 7.5 mm
Rare Ancient Agate Bead with Natural Eye
Rare Ancient Agate Bead with Natural Eye - 33 mm
Our Price: £300.00

A beautiful ancient agate bead with a large natural crystalline eye.

Size: 33 mm x 18 mm
Age: 1000 BCE to 300 CE
Condition: Very good with a minor surface dig
Sourced in Nepal
Rare Tabular Pumtek stone bead
Rare Antique Tabular Pumtek Stone Bead - 29 mm
Our Price: £300.00

A superb authentic tabular pumtek with the sought after cross decoration or sun and moon design. Each face is polished smooth from being worn and cherished for many hundreds of years. Not to be confused with 20th century Pumtek beads. A very large bead of its type displaying a highly sought after patina.

Sourced in the 1980s.
Origin: Burma approx 29 mm
Condition: A robist bead in mostly very good conddition, however, there is very old damage or nik at one end. Still absolutely gorgeous!
Rare Iron Meteorite with Natural Hole
Rare Iron Meteorite with Natural Hole
Our Price: £300.00

A large shield-like iron meteorite with a natural hole to allow it to be worn. Meteorites have long been prized in the Himalayan regions and the metal was a sought after ingredient when making ritual iron phurbas and amulets like thokcha.

19 grams
31 mm x 26 mm
Meteorite Type = Campo del Cielo, Argentina
Three Rare Iron Meteorites with Natural Holes
Three Rare Iron Meteorites with Natural Holes
Our Price: £300.00

Three rare iron meteorite beads with natural holes so that they can be worn.

largest size approx 24 mm
23 grams
Meteorite Type = Campo del Cielo, Argentina
Zoomorphic Jade Pendant
Hand Carved Double Sided Zoomorphic Jade Pendant
Our Price: £300.00

A fine looking jade pendant carved in what appears to be a stylised tiger or feline like creature. There is a suspension hole at the top to allow it to be strung and worn as a pendant. There does appear to be some age to this piece and the carving is very well executed.

Origin: China
Age: Early to Mid 20th C
77 mm x 29 mm
67 grams
Condition: Very good
Material: Nephrite Jade
Superior quality New Tiger dZi
Superior quality New Tiger dZi
Our Price: £300.00

A superior oval new dZi bead with the sought after tiger stripe design.

23 mm x 19 mm
Sourced in Nepal
Nephrite Jade Double Tiger Pendant
Old Nephrite Jade Double Tiger Pendant
Our Price: £300.00

A deep green jade pendant carved in the shape of two crouching Tigers. There are suspension holes at the top and bottom to allow it to be strung and worn as a pendant. There does appear to be some age to this piece.

Origin: China
Age: Mid 20th C
45 mm x 41 mm
Condition: Very good
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Our Price: £300.00

A fine looking large ancient agate bead with lovely crystalline eyes.

Age: 1000 BCE + or -
Western Asiatic
Condition: Very good with minor weathering.
35 mm x 21 mm
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Our Price: £300.00

A large ancient agate bead with a lovely window of crystaline banding.

Age: 1000 BCE + or -
Western Asiatic
Condition: Very good with weathering commensurate with age.
36 mm x 26 mm
Bow Shaped Chung dZi
Fine quality New Bow Shaped Chung dZi
Our Price: £300.00

A magnificent bow or crescent shaped Chung dZi bead of rare appearance and quality. This would make a impressive focal bead on a necklace. This is certainly one of the finest contemporary dZi beads you are likely find anywhere.

66.82 mm x 21.36 mm
Condition: Excellent
Sourced in Nepal
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Ancient Banded Agate Bead
Our Price: £300.00

A lovely ancient banded agate bead with strong colour and fantastic natural banding. Displays a patina that only develops after being worn for centuries.

Age: 1000 BCE to 300 CE
Prized in the Himalayan Regions
Condition: Good with some surface fissures and weathering
29 mm x 10 mm
New Chung dZi
New Bow Shaped Chung dZi
Our Price: £300.00

An absolutely stunning bead of rare appearance. It displays four stripes and is a hard to find bow shape.

72.70 mm x 24.66 mm
Sourced in Nepal.
Bow Shaped Stone Bead
Large Bow Shaped Stone Bead (possibly ancient)
Our Price: £295.00

A very large bow shaped stone bead of rare appearance and size. The bead has been crafted from stone (possibly chlorite schist) and displays a central band of quartz. This bead is in perfect condition. It was originally purchased strung on a strand with ancient Pyu beads. This is the only example of a bow shaped bead made from this material that we have seen. It is therefore difficult to say whether it is genuinely ancient. Large bow shaped beads have certainly been found in Burma and the Himalayan regions and some may be well over 2000 years old.

Whether this bead was originally from Burma or was traded from elsewhere is unknown. Round beads (believed to be of ancient origin) made from the same material have certainly been found in India and the Indus Valley region, so perhaps this was where it was originally crafted. It is a very handsome one of a kind bead and would make a stunning focal bead on necklace.

55.40 mm x 22.40 mm
Origin: Burma but possibly traded from elsewhere
Condition: Excellent
Antique Rock Crystal Cicada
Antique Chinese Rock Crystal Cicada Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £295.00

A lovely looking hand carved rock crystal cicada pendant. Since ancient times the Chinese have regarded them as symbols of immortality and they were seen to give protection to the wearer after death. Jade cicadas were often placed on the tongue of the deceased before they were buried, thus ensuring a smooth journey to the next life. A small amber bead (8 mm) is also included.

Origin: China
Aquired from an old Asian art collection in the UK.
19th C or much earlier
36 mm x 21 mm
Condition: Very good with a small surface dig at the preforation.
New Two Eyed dZi Bead - 38 mm
New Two Eyed dZi Bead - 38 mm
Our Price: £250.00

A newly created translucent two eyed dZi bead from Taiwan in the 1990s.

approx 38 mm x 11 mm
Sourced in Nepal.
Vintage Strand of Banded Agate beads - 22 beads
Vintage Strand of Banded Agate beads - 22 beads
Our Price: £250.00

A fine looking vintage strand of banded agate beads that are meant to resemble ancient Indo-Tibetan agates. These beads were collected in India in the 1970s. There are some very striking beads on this strand and many display lovely banding and natural eyes. The main focal bead measures 39 mm x 19 mm. Each bead is flanked by round banded agate beads (8mm).

Strung on braided nylon cord and ready to be worn.
smallest bead 19 mm
largest bead 63 mm
Total length of strand 27 inches.
Sourced from a private European collection.
Ancient Banded Agate Tube Bead - 44 mm
Ancient Banded Agate Tube Bead - 44 mm
Our Price: £250.00

A beautiful large ancient banded agate bead from South East Asia.

Age: 100 to 600 CE
South East Asia
Condition: Mostly very good with minor weathering.
44 mm x 9 mm
Ancient Agate Bead with Natural Eye - 30 mm
Ancient Agate Bead with Natural Eye - 30 mm
Our Price: £250.00

A beautiful ancient agate bead with a natural crystalline eye.

Size: 30 mm x 19.5 mm
Age: 1000 BCE to 300 CE
Condition: Very good with a minor surface dig
Sourced in Nepal