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Below you will find a selection of antique and rare quality turquoise beads. All of our turquoise is sourced in 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 absorbing oils from the skin. Generally the bluer the colour the more prized it is as an amulet.

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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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
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
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 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 part of a headress but would function nicely as a pendant on a necklace.

46.60 mm x 31.45 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 19th C
Old Turquoise Frog
Old Turquoise Frog
Our Price: £200.00

A delightful old piece of turquoise carved into the shape of a frog. There is a small nik to one of the feet that is not particularly noticeable. The feet join at the front and form a suspension hole, so it could also be worn as a pendant. An unusual one of a kind piece.

43 mm x 31 mm
Condition: Very good with a small nik to one of the feet
Sourced in Nepal
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 - 26 mm
Our Price: £155.00

A good size freeform antique turquoise bead that displays a fine patina from being worn on the body.

26 mm x 20 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 100 to 300 years old
Condition: Excellent
A strand of 55 antique turquoise beads
A strand of 55 antique turquoise beads
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely well matched group of natural freeform turquoise beads. They display a light blue colour with dense matrix, which is typically seen with Chinese turquoise. They remain in excellent condition.

55 beads
largest 17 mm
smallest 7 mm
26 inches
Origin: China
Age: 100 years +
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.
Antique Turquoise bead
Antique Turquoise Bead - 26.5 mm
Our Price: £133.00

A large freeform antique turquoise bead that displays a fine patina and deep green colour from being worn on the body. Also has a quartz inclusion in the matrix

26.5 mm x 20 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 100 to 300 years old
Condition: Excellent
Antique Silver & Turquoise Pendant Bead
Antique Silver & Copper Turquosie Pendant Bead
Our Price: £120.00

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.

28 mm x 16 mm
Origin: Tibet
19th Century
Antique Turquoise Bead
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £108.00

A beautiful antique turquoise bead. Great patina and colour.

approx 32.75 mm x 23.92 mm
Condition: Excellent
Origin: Tibet
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
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £80.00

A beautiful freeform antique turquoise bead that displays a fine patina from being worn on the body.

16.5 mm x 17 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 100 to 300 years old
Condition: Excellent
Antique Turquoise Bead
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £60.00

A lovely antique turquoise bead that has been worn smooth from possibly centuries of being worn on the body.

approx 22 mm x 21 mm
Condition: Very Good
Origin: Tibet
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
Antique Turquoise Bead
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £55.00

A very nice large freeform antique turquoise bead.

approx 26 mm x 19 mm
Condition: Excellent
Origin: Tibet
Antique Turquoise Bead
Antique Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £55.00

A beautiful antique turquoise bead.

approx 22 mm x 16 mm
Condition: Excellent
Origin: Tibet
Large Turquoise Bead
Large Turquoise Bead
Our Price: £50.00

A large turquoise bead with interesting black matrix.

37 mm x 28 mm 21 grams
Origin: Sourced in Nepal
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 Skull Bead
Extra Large Turquoise Skull Pendant Bead
Our Price: £40.00

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Here we have a group of large hand carved turquoise skull beads. Beads are numbered and sold individually. Please choose the bead you would like from the drop down menu.

height approx 35 mm
Material: Chinese Turquoise
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
Turquoise Skull Pendant Bead
Turquoise Skull Pendant Bead
Our Price: £20.00

Click image to view more beads.

Here we have a group of hand carved turquoise skull beads. Beads are numbered and sold individually. Please choose the bead you would like from the drop down menu.

height approx 18 mm
Material: Chinese Turquoise