AUD $980.00

Indus Valley "Bleached Agate" Beads


An exciting, light necklace with a central"lenticular" semi opaque finely banded agate bead, surrounded by tiny Indus Valley Carnelian barrels and cylinders, most with fine dots or lines, bleached into their surfaces.  
These agate cylinders are reminiscent of those in Zuni Heishi necklaces, and made with the same laborious grinding technique using a harder stone. 
They are graduated down to some quite tiny Carnelian barrels, such tiny beads are said to represent extreme wealth because of the work and wastage caused in their production.

They're well worth a very close look, some of the colours, designs, details and textures are fascinating, the featured bead is a delight. 
These beads date back to the Indus Valley Civilisations, and Bactria, pre Alexander, ranging from 2 - 3,000 years ago.   


I’ve mixed them with small, fairly plain sterling silver beads, and a matching silver "S" hook, from Indonesia and Thailand, these are at the very back, not visible from the front, which is just pure “stones”. The three links of chain allow a choice of length, 440 mm (17.3 ins) max and 430 mm (16.9 ins) minimum.

For durability, I thread on strong Tiger Tail, but don’t scrunch it up, or it will kink.
Abuse it and it will stretch, so considering their age, a bit of respect would enhance their beauty.

Some beads may be verging on fragile, though I try to vet them, so again don’t abuse them, possibly treat them as you would your pearls, and think how long they’ve already lasted!

Once again, beads can outlast the Civilizations, Kingdoms and Empires that wear them surviving millennia, until they resurface again, for us to wear and appreciate.

I hope you enjoy wearing them, as I’ve had a close look at them, and have enjoyed handling them.

Age: Old, Antique and Ancient. Back to Circa 2nd Millenium B.C.

Size: L 440 mm  max  or 430 mm minimum

Weight: 7 grams.