ANCIENT BANDED AGATE BEADS
On this page there will be a display of various agate beads. These beads have not been decorated with etched eyes or other motifs.

However, as shown in the chapter Ancient Bead Production various methods, especially heat treatment were used to alter the color or darken the stone. These treatments often made the crystalline layers or banding more prominent, because the sugar or honey used in the process could not enter these layers. This often enhanced the appearance of naturally occurring eyes and stripes as you can see in the beads displayed below. 
 

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 aba 1 - 30 * 11 mm 

 

  
A rare ancient banded agate bead from the Himalayas - the play of colors in these beads is unique! Unfortunately my scanner is not able to display the full translucent shine in this bead.
Himmachal Pradesh - Ram Shehar near Nalagarh - India
 
 



 
aba 2 - 30 * 10 mm
 

   



  
aba 3 - 30 * 10 mm
 




 
 


 
aba 4 - 31 * 11 mm
 


Above a wonderful ancient translucent natural Chung DZI bead with a unique 'patina'.
It displays dual, almost 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 treatment. I would call this an 'artbead'.

Here you can see the bead in high resolution: picture 1 - picture 2 - hole



 
 



  
aba 5 - 30 * 13 mm
 

A unique coloured ancient carnelian bead. When you look at the hole you can see that this bead has either never been used or used very little. Nevertheless the bead has excavation patina.  



aba 8 - 25 * 11mm
 



 
 




aba 9 - 24 * 17mm

   
 



aba 10 - 25 * 14mm
 

 


An ancient agate bead with deep crystaline structures.

 

 

 


aba 11 - 22 * 9 mm
 

 
An ancient agate bead with deep crystaline structures and  a rough surface, most probably made by
chemicals in the earth it was sleeping in.

 
 




aba 12 - 26 * 10 mm

 



 
 



aba 13 - 21 * 8 mm
 



 
 



aba 14 - 25 * 14 mm
 


 
 



aba 15 - 22 * 12 mm




 



aba 16 - 17 * 11 mm



aba 17 - 11 * 7 mm
 



aba 18 - 11 * 10 * 3 mm

A small but very beautiful brownish translucent banded agate bead
 

 

 

 


 
 

 

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