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Below you will find a selection of antique turquoise beads from a bygone era and some more hard to find turquoise from more recent times. All of our turquoise has been sourced from Tibet and the Himalayan regions. In traditional Tibetan medicine, turquoise or Yu is valued for its many healing properties. It is believed to absorb toxins from the body and aid healthy liver function. It can also be used to treat fevers, eye disease and is an antidote to poison. Turquoise is also worn as an amulet to give protection whilst sleeping. Many turquoise beads coming out of Tibet and the Himalayas have turned a deep green colour from being worn on the body and slowly absorbing oils from the skin. Generally the bluer the colour the more prized it is as an amulet and the more potent it is believed to be.

Today the majority of so called 'Tibetan' turquoise is mined in China. However, Tibetans had several sources for turquoise in antiquity, including: Tibet, Iran and China. It is believed that Tibetan turquoise was sourced from Kongpo in the South East and Dargyal in the North East of Tibet. Apparently the best source was located in the Gangchen mountains of Nari (also spelled Ngari) in Western Tibet. It is also reported that Tibetan rulers of this region paid a regular tribute of turquoise to the kings of Ladakh (Laufer 1913, Clarke 2004).

The majority of the antique turquoise beads on our website are around 100 to 300 years old, however, some are certainly much older. Each bead is sold on its individual merits. The more recent turquoise beads we offer are selected for their distinct quality.

John Vincent Bellezza's very informative article on the subject of Tibetan turquoise can be read
here.



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Antique Tibetan Silver Hair Ornament or Pendant - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Hair Ornament or Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £450.00

A stunning antique Tibetan silver hair ornament or pendant. The overall condition is very good with a lovely patina from being worn and handled. The elongated shape represents a conch shell, an important symbol of the Dharma. Collected in the Salween Valley region, North East of Lhasa. Inlaid with antique turquoise cabachons. Probably the nicest example of its type that we have ever seen!

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 30 grams
length 72 mm, width 35 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver with turquoise
Age: 19th C
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
Antique Tibetan Silver Hair Ornament or Pendant - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Hair Ornament or Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £250.00

A very striking antique Tibetan silver hair ornament. The overall condition is very good with a lovely patina from being worn and handled. Collected in the Salween Valley region, North East of Lhasa. The elongated shape represents a conch shell, an important symbol of the Dharma. Inlaid with three beautiful turquoise cabachons. A wonderful piece that could easily be worn as a focal pendant on a necklace.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 34.2 grams
length 72 mm, width 45 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver with turquoise
Age: 19th C
Antique Silver & Turquoise Pendant Bead
Antique Silver & Turquoise Pendant Bead
Our Price: £250.00

A wonderful large antique bead housed in old Tibetan silver. Displays a wonderful patina. Traditionally worn as a hair ornament but would function very nicely as a pendant on a necklace.

46.60 mm x 31.45 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 19th C
Antique Turquoise bead
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £200.00

A large freeform antique turquoise bead that almost looks like the shape of a turtle when viewed from above. This is a lovely looking bead with great colour and patina. It also displays quartz crystal inclusions

36 mm x 32 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 100 years plus
Condition: Excellent
Tibetan Silver & Turquoise Pendant - 19th C
Huge Tibetan Silver & Turquoise Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £175.00

A very large turquoise and silver pendant, typically used to adorn the head or headress of a woman, however, it could quite easily be worn as a stand alone pendant or a focal pendant on a necklace. The turquoise has a large crack running through the centre which probably happened before the bead was set into the silver. The owner obviously thought the piece was beautiful even with the crack and so do we. It also shows that even damaged pieces of turquoise were highly valued in Tibet. It is very heavy and securely set into the silver. The back of the pendant is made from copper. A lovely old piece with a great feel and full of character.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 95 grams
58 mm x 49 mm x 19 mm
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and turquoise.
Antique Turquoise bead
Antique Turquoise Bead - 29 mm
Our Price: £155.00

A good size antique turquoise bead with a great looking matrix.

29 mm x 22 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 100 to 300 years old
Condition: Excellent
Antique Tibetan Silver Hair Ornament or Pendant - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Hair Ornament or Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A delightful antique Tibetan silver pendant. The overall condition is very good with a lovely patina from being worn and handled. Collected in the Salween Valley region, North East of Lhasa. Inlaid with an antique turquoise cabachon. A wonderful piece that could easily be worn as a focal pendant on a necklace.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 21.6 grams
length 41 mm, width 37 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver with turquoise and backed with copper.
Age: 19th C
Antique Turquoise Pendant Bead
Antique Turquoise Pendant Bead
Our Price: £150.00

A wonderful item with a gorgeous turquoise front and backed with copper to allow stringing. Would make an excellent focal bead on a necklace.

approx 26 mm x 19 mm
Condition: Excellent
Origin: Sourced in Nepal.
Large Antique Turquoise Bead - 35 mm
Large Antique Turquoise Bead - 35 mm
Our Price: £120.00

A large freeform antique turquoise bead. This robust bead would make a wonderful focal bead on a necklace or could simply be worn on its own.

35 mm x 31 mm
18 grams
Origin: Tibet
Age: 100 years plus
Condition: Excellent
Antique Silver & Turquoise Pendant Bead
Antique Silver & BrassTurquosie Pendant Bead
Our Price: £100.00

A wonderful antique pendant displaying a lovely piece of Tibetan turquoise. Has a great patina from being strung and worn over a long time. It would make an excellent focal bead on a necklace.

38 mm x 19 mm
Origin: Tibet
19th Century
Antique Turquoise Bead - 29.5 mm
Antique Turquoise Bead - 29.5 mm
Our Price: £98.00

A good size freeform antique turquoise bead.

Origin: Tibet
29.5 mm x 18 mm
Age: 100 years old +
Condition: Excellent
Antique Turquoise Bead - 20 mm
Antique Turquoise Bead - 20 mm
Our Price: £84.00

A delightful antique turquoise bead with rusty red inclusions.

Origin: Tibet
20 mm x 18 mm
Age: 100 to 300 years old +
Condition: Very good with patina commensurate with age.
Old Turquoise Snow Lion
Old Turquoise Snow Lion Figurine
Our Price: £75.00

A lovely old hand carved turquoise snow lion or Foo Dog.

Age: 20th C
38 mm x 28 mm
Condition: Very good
Sourced in Nepal
Antique Turquoise Bead
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £60.00

A very nice large freeform antique turquoise bead with great colour and usage patina.

approx 22 mm x 15.5 mm
Condition: Excellent
Origin: Tibet
Turquoise Bead - 34 mm
Turquoise Bead - 34 mm
Our Price: £50.00

A large oval shaped turquoise bead that displays a lovely colour and matrix

34 mm x 26 mm
Origin: China
sourced in Nepal in the 1990s
Condition: Excellent
Antique Turquoise Bead
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £45.00

A natural turquoise bead with a lovely usage patina.

Age: 100 to 300 years
24 mm x 17 mm
Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Turquoise Bead - 33 mm
Turquoise Bead - 33 mm
Our Price: £40.00

A large turquoise bead with black matrix.

33 mm x 28 mm
14 grams
Origin: China
Condition: Excellent
Antique Turquoise Bead
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £30.00

A natural turquoise bead with freeform shape.

Age: 100 to 300 years
20 mm x 20 mm
Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Chinese Braided Knotwork Necklace for beads and pendants
Chinese Braided Knotwork Necklace for beads and pendants
Our Price: £2.95

These lovely Chinese knotwork cords are a wonderful way to showcase a special bead. The loose cord at the bottom allows you to thread a bead and wear it vertically as a pendant. By pulling the two knots at the top you are able to adjust the length.

One size fits all.
Soft silk-like braided nylon cord.
dZi bead is not included = )

Brown, black and olive green and emerald green colours are currently unavailable.
Himalayan Bead Necklace with Ancient Phum dZi, Coral, Amber, Turquoise & Silver
Himalayan Bead Necklace with Ancient Phum dZi, Coral, Amber, Turquoise & Silver

SOLD!

This necklace was acquired in the 1970s and is strung in its original condition. 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 Phum dZi has a great patina and ancient wear at both ends. This shows it continued to be worn and cherished despite being half its original size. The coral is completely natural and undyed and is likely to be many hundreds of years old. A great collection of beads that makes for a very eye catching and unique necklace. Strung with a chain and clasp and ready to be worn.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering and patina commensurate with age.
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
Length of strand approx 20 inches total weight 112 grams

n.b. both of the longest amber beads have loss to their ends and were already in this condition when strung.
Antique Necklace with Turquoise, Coral and Amber
Antique Necklace with Turquoise, Coral, Amber & Silver

SOLD!

A great looking strand of antique Himalayan beads. Including antique Tibetan turquoise, antique natural red coral, antique silver and a large antique natural amber focal bead. The necklace has a sliding coral bead to allow it to expand and fit over ones head. It was collected in Tibet in the 1980s and has remained in a private collection since this time.

It has recently been restrung on strong braided cord.

Condition: Excellent with minor weathering
Length of strand approx 23 inches
turquoise 14 mm to 27 mm
average coral approx 7 mm Amber bead = 26 mm x 22 mm age of beads 100 to 300 years old.