VARIOUS ANCIENT BEADS
On this page there will be a display of various ancient 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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 VAB 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
 
 



 
 VAB  2 - 30 * 10 mm
 

   



  
 VAB  3 - 30 * 10 mm
 




 
 


 
VAB 4 = RB 8 - 31 * 11 mm
You can find this bead displayed in the Remarkable Beads section
 


 
 



  
 VAB  5 - 30 * 13 mm
 

A unique colored 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.  




VAB 6  - 29 * 9,5 mm
 

A unique colored 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.  



 VAB  7 - 11 * 7 mm


VAB  8
 



 
 




 VAB  9 - 11 * 10 * 3 mm

A small but very beautiful brownish translucent banded agate bead

 



ANCIENT JASPER BEADS
 
 




 VABJ  1 - 26 * 17 mm
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Ancient red jasper bead with crystal banding

Displayed above you can enjoy the color play in a wonderful deep red ancient jaspe
r bead with two crystalline bands.
 
Huge Cornerless Cube beads
 
 



 VABJ -  20,5 * 22,5 mm
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 VABJ 3 - 22 * 22,5 mm



 
 




VABJ  4 - 20,5 *21,5 mm
 


VABJ  5 - 18,5 * 19 mm



 
 



VABJ  6 - 20 * 21,5 mm
 


VABJ 7 - 19,5 * 20,5 mm
 



 
 



VABJ  8 - 19 * 20 mm
 


VABJ - 17 * 17 mm



 
 



VABJ 10 - 17 * 18 mm
 


VABJ  11 -  15 * 19 mm



 
 



VABJ  12 - 13,5 * 14 mm

 


VABJ  13 - 11,5 * 12,5mm
This bead is shaped as a heptagon



 
 



The holes of the jasper beads
 



Ancient Jasper disk beads
 
 





VABJ  14 - average size 7* 2 mm

 



 
 



VABJ  15 - left : cornerless cube 10,5 * 10,5 mm

 



 
 


Ancient Green Jasper Beads

VABJ  16 Largest piece: 16 * 10mm - Smallest piece: 10 * 5 mm 
Period: From Indus Valley Culture 3000-1500 BC to 1000 AD


VABJ 17 - Click on picture for larger image

In this little collection of polygonal green jasper beads we find
quadrilateral, pentagon, hexagon and corner less cube forms.


 



 
 


Triangular magick Yoni beads

VAB 10  -  Large bead : 11 * 7 mm -  small: 7 * 5 mm
'Yoni' beads - triangular facets - SOLD



VAB 11  -  11 * 11 * 3 mm
An interesting 'Yoni' bead from
Uttar Pradesh. India - SOLD

 



The ancient tabular agate beads displayed below are from Haryana, India.
 
 


 Large round tabular beads

VAB 12   -   28 * 6 mm                                               23 * 5 mm                       
 



 
 



VAB   13 - 25 * 6 mm
Caramel jasper Bead

 



 
 


Ancient Jet Stone Beads

 
VAB   14 -  26 * 16 mm (big piece)
 Jet Stone Beads
Period: Indus Culture 3000 - 1500 BC
Origin: Afghanistan
 
 



 
 


Ancient Torquoise Beads
 

VAB   15  -  Top left: 19 * 8 mm
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VAB   16 -  7 * 6 mm - SOLD


 



 
 

 
Old Turquoise Beads


VAB  17  - 19 * 16 * 12 mm
Old but not ancient Turquoise beads from Morocco
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VAB   18 -  33 * 26 * 8 mm
Very old turquoise from Nepal



VAB  19 - 17 * 14 mm
 Unknown origin


 


 
The bead displayed below is not ancient. This wonderful lapis lazuli pendant bead is 'only' around 3-400 years old. The great Mogul Emperor Akbar made coins in this shape in the 16th Century, and since then this shape has become synonymous with Akbar's great reign. Akbar was together with the Buddhist King Ashoka, maybe the greatest King India ever had.
 
 



 
The Akbar bead

VABT  20 - 37 * 27 * 3 mm 

 


Ancient Lapis Lazuli beads
Most of the beads displayed here are from Afghanistan.
 
 



VABT  21 -
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VABT 22 20 * 6 mm (Afg 46)
A rare double ax bead in lapis lazuli

 



 
 



VABT  23 -  30 * 14 * 10 mm
Convex Bicone shaped bead

 


DONG SON - VIETNAM 700 B.C. TO 200 A.D. ?

I have to marvel at these long slender beads!
These striking Dong Son agate beads most probably originate from India. They are a little similar to the long carnelian Indus valley beads produced in the period around 2500 B.C.

 
 




 VA-DS 1 - 83 * 12 * 8 mm
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The shine in this translucent 82mm long bead is awesome! Also note the beautiful excavation patina on this gorgeous bead! This bead was maybe never meant for daily use. It was only meant for wearing at special religious occasions with a funeral as the climax! I am quite sure that a bead like this was able to impress the Gods receiving you on the other side. At least I consider this bead to be gift from the Gods.  As you can see the design has taken the human body into consideration. The bead has been shaped in such a way that one side is polished into a flat bow form that makes the it follow the shape of the body. Since the bead is translucent I have made a photo of a part of the hole. Note how 'organic' the hole is.
 


 
 





VA-DS 2 - 58 * 9 mm

 


 
VA-DS 3 - 55 * 10 mm



 
VA-DS 4 -  51 * 9 mm




 
VA-DS 5 - 46 * 8 mm




 
VA-DS 6 - 44 * 10 mm  -  Sold



 
VA-DS 7 - 40 * 11 mm

 


 
VA-DS 8 - 38 * 9 mm  - Sold





VA-DS 9 -  35 * 10 mm

 


VA-DS 10 - 34 * 9 mm

 


VA-DS 11 - 33 * 9 mm





VA-DS 12 - 33 * 10 mm




VA-DS 13 - 33 * 8 mm




VA-DS 14 - 31 * 13 mm





 
VA-DS 15 - 31 * 13 mm




 
VA-DS 16 - 27 * 11 mm




 
VA-DS 17 - 26 * 8 mm 



 


KALINGA HEIRLOOM BEADS FROM THE PHILIPINES
 
 




 


Kalinga heirloom beads
This multi strand necklace of heirloom beads is in itself like a history book starting with the
ancient Indian agate and onyx beads and ending with the 19th Century European glass beads.
The large white rectangular beads are most probably made from the shell from the tridacna clam.
 
This strand shows a lot of wear and tear. Kalinga woman inherit these beads when they marry
and they will wear them daily from that moment onwards. The Kalingas are a
matriarchal society.
The mother will give her strand to her eldest daughter. In case of more wealth in the family there
will be heirloom strands to the younger daughters as well.  This strand is symbolically stringing
together generations in a time span more than 1000 years.  In this way the heirloom necklace
will grow in diversity and age together with the family they represent.
 
 




 


ANCIENT CONCH SHELL BEADS
These are not Nagaland conch shell beads. They were found in Uttar Pradesh. On VAB 22 you can still see the coloring in both ends where the gold cabs have been sitting.

 
 



VABC  1 -  112 * 25 mm 


 



 
 



VABC  2 61 * 24 mm 
 


 
 



VABC 3 -  68 * 27 mm 
 


Ancient Spindle Whorls
A spindle whorl is a disk fitted onto a spindle to increase and maintain the speed of the spin.
The spindle whorls below are from Persia around 1000 BC.
 
 


SPND 1 -  19  * 21 mm



SPND 2
 

SPND 3 - 17 * 7 mm


SPND 4  -  23 * 15 mm
 


SPND 5  -  19 * 14 mm
 


SPND 6  -  5,5 * 8 mm
 



SPND 7  -  14 * 11 mm


SPND 8  -  13,5 * 11,5 mm
 

SPND 9  -  14,5 * 6,5 mm


SPND 9  -  19 * 9,5 mm
 

SPND 10  -  17,5 * 10,5 mm


SPND 11  -  14 * 11 mm
 

SPND 12  -  14 * 11 mm


SPND 13  -  14 * 11,5 mm
 

SPND 14  -  13 * 12 mm


SPND 15  -  17 * 10 mm
 

SPND 16  -  16,5 * 10 mm


SPND 17  -  16 * 13 mm
 


SPND 18  -  13,5 * 7,5 mm
 


SPND 19  -  14 * 11,5 mm
 

SPND 20  -  15 * 9 mm
 


SPND 21  -  18 * 8,5 mm
 

SPND 22  -  16 * 8,5 mm


SPND 23  -  19 * 12 mm
 

SPND 24  -  17 * 11 mm
 



 


 
 



VAB-aba 1 - 25 * 14 mm




 



VAB-aba 2 - 17 * 11 mm



VAB-aba 3 - 25 * 11mm



VAB-aba 4 - 25 * 14mm
 An ancient agate bead with deep crystaline structures.



VAB-aba 5 - 22 * 9 mm



VAB-aba 6 - 26 * 10 mm
 




VAB-aba 7 - 24 * 17mm

 


 
 

 

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