MY FAVORITE ANCIENT BEADS - as seen with my Western eyes
Like a sculptor, if
carve a friend out of stone.
Realize that your inner sight is blind
and try to see a treasure in everyone. Rumi Jalalu'l-Din
On this page, you will be able to marvel at beads
in a wide cultural, geographical, and historical variety. They
come in all shapes, colors, patterns, and conditions. Some of
them will be scarred, even almost broken. Others will be so
perfect that it is hard to believe that they are ancient.
What binds them all together?
It is beauty. They are, at least in my opinion,
of a highly aesthetic appearance.
If you are out hunting for the kind of sublime
beauty as shown here, we are on the same, mostly western
However, I have to warn you. The sublime
beauties displayed on this particular page are not cheap! They
are my favorite beads. I love them as far as you can enjoy not
living art-materials and would not mind to keep them as a
custodian for this lifetime. Why do I sell some of them and, at
the same time, call the My
favorite ancient beads? Maybe
it is because I am serving the role as a temporary custodian and
want them to be appreciated in the hands of their new
caretakers. Furthermore, I can still call them 'my favorites'
after they are handed over to the next custodian collector.
FAB 1 - 31 * 7 mm - I have named
this bead The Ancient Golden Ratio
What a beautiful and slim bead! A rare Ancient Talisman.
A multicolored Mauryan eye bead! Nothing is accidental In a high quality
crafted bead like this. I marvel at the composition. It is a powerful
demonstration of ancient abstract artwork. Note the many different
colors in organic and hence not sterile symmetry.
Form, design/motif & color
How a remarkable bead should look like is, of
course, a subjective matter. What is beautiful is, as stated
often on this site, dependent on the eyes of the beholder. For
people in China, the bead has to be perfect without damage. For
me, an ancient bead in certain cases
increases its beauty by
imperfection. It can be remarkable in form, design, motif, color
and the story it can tell us.
* 9 mm
I call this bead:
The Perfect imperfection of Organic Symmetry
Recently at a bead fair in Bangkok, I had the
immense luck to get some for me one out of a million perfection
beads. The mainland Chinese buyers did not even look at these
rare and perfect beads. For me, they are out of this world but
bypassed in the blindness that always comes with greed. A great
example is the extremely rareIndo-Parthian
bead displayed below:
3 - 42.5
* 14 mm - The Zarathustra Bead
I have noted that bead
lovers in the far east often prefer an eye motive in the center
of the bead. However, as seen above the eye is often place
according to the golden ratio. As a
general rule, a sublime ancient bead should display high contrast in both lines and
colors. A display of as
many distinctive different natural colors as possible further
adds to a beads 'remarkability' score. This is particularly true
when it comes to agate beads. However, this is not the case with
the beads displayed above and below. High contrast and intense
add to a bead's extroversion score in the sense that a more
subtle decorated bead does not scream its message out to the
world around you. However, it still can whisper to its wearer.
In this sense, beads with lesser contrast in motives and colors
are more silent and meditative.
Shiva's 'lingam' - phallus
Shakti's 'yoni' - vagina
* 13 mm - The Shiva-Shakti Bead
The bead above and the beads to the left below display the same
pattern. This is not coincidental. According to the bead experts
Malik Hakila and Sanatan Khavadya, this is a Shiva-Shakti
motive. The oval circle represents Yoni, the female genital
opening, and the almost nail-like shape on the bead represents
the phallus of Shiva. Together they symbolize the union of the
polarity that permeates the totality of existence from atoms to
galaxies. This force is seen as being sexual in the most
abstract sense of the word.
- Left bead 18 * 8 mm
FAB 6 - (IV-TL 7) -
24* 10 mm
According to the same beads experts as mentioned above, this bead also
displays the same Shiva symbol.
A one out of a million bead
The Stone Rose
FAB 7 - 38 * 9,5 * 8 mm - I
have baptized this bead 'The Stone Rose'.
Another one out of a million bead
The Buddha Bead
FAB 8 - 34 * 9 mm
I have never seen a bead type like the specimen displayed
above. This awesome multicolored eye agate bead has a unique clear but
ancient shine. It was sourced from Bodh Gaya and it is most probably
from the Mauryan period.
SUBLIME INDUS BEADS In fact, I consider all my Indus beads, both
the early and
the late, both perfect and
broken, to be remarkable.
However, displayed here,
you will see some of the most outstanding ones within this category.
The resurrection Bead
9 - SANAT - 34,5 * 9,5 mm
The soft patina on this Indus beauty is remarkable. Most
probably, the bead has been calcified through a burial process
and then in a later stage been dug out and used for several
generations. Otherwise,the surface would not be so smooth.
Calcified beads with usage patina are extremely rare.
FAB 10 -
EIV 73) -
37,5 * 10,5 mm - The Sublime bead
Here comes a series of my absolute favorite beads! These beads
demonstrate that the Indus people searched for rare bead
material. Above and below, we have beads made in agate material
with jasper inclusions. This is very rare. The intense colors
born out of the hybrid stone material qualifies the bead
above to my top-10 list.
- 33 * 11 mm
I have amplified the colors in this Indus bead to make its
unique message stand out more clearly: Jasper islands in a sea
of agate. This bead is an old fellow. The size of
the hole is almost pre-Indus.
- 38 * 13 mm
Once again, jasper and agate are working together to make a bead
- 33 * 13 mm
Agate ocean and islands of jasper
- 28 * 5/5,5 mm
One can observe the large Indus hole in this slender tubular
bead through the translucent stone material. The hole amplifies
the inner glow.
- 25 * 10/11mm
Symbolic eyes made out of crystal formations are very common for
Another remarkable multicolored agate bead with
an infinite dark eye placed within the boundaries of a fiery,
sharp, and golden rhombic pattern.
I call this bead The
Eye of Mordor.
Beads are like music
I am also a music
composer and producer.
When I make live recordings in multilayers in my digital music
studio, I am often not able to keep the rhythm in such a way
that the sum total of tracks are in sync. In such situations, I
am tempted to use a function called automatic
However, if I use this function, the music becomes sterile and
dull. Perfection often equals death.
FAB 67 - 23 * 16 mm
strong contrasts in this
bead in soft blue, strong white and black
I call this bead
Duality in unity.
FAB 68 - 21,5 * 17 * 14,5 mm
Here we have a super sharp all seeing
eye bead in a variety of soft autumn colors. I dare to say that
these beads rivals the best contemporary art.
I have named this bead
The Autumn Eye
FAB 69 - 24,5 * 11 mm
The patina and cracks on this eye-bead is unique in the way it supports and
amplifies the natural lines in the original stone. It is almost
as if the bead is looking at you!
The name of this bead is Concentric layers of 'I'
FAB 70 - 29 mm
FAB 71 - 20 mm
FAB - 31 * 11 mm
ancient translucent natural banded Chung DZI bead with a unique 'patina'.
displays dual, organic symmetrical swirling stripes. The bead has a translucent
fiery orange color,
which gives a marvellous contrast to the natural white
stripes. This color has been made stronger by ancient heat
I call this bead Divine Eye Candy
FAB 72 -
30 * 10 mm
FAB 73 - 23,5 * 10,5 mm
FAB 74 - 19 * 10 mm
FAB 75 - 18 * 12,5 * 5,5 mm
76 - 19 * 8,5 mm
FAB 77 - 20 * 14 * 10 mm
FAB 78 - 22 * 12,5 * 8,5 mm
FAB 79 - (IV-U 1)
- 25 * 20 * 7 mm
FAB 80 - Top left bead: 16 * 14 * 5 mm
FAB 81 - SANAT 1 - 47 * 13
I call this bead The
Lover of Shiva
The largest Yoni bead I have ever seen!
This super rare Indus bead is made out of amazonite.