Vintage Tibetan Carnelian Melon Bead, Silver Capped Ends,12.8 Grams
This is an vintage Tibetan carnelian bead and in the traditional barrel-shape with longitudian creases. It has repousse high grade silver capps (added at a later date). It has cinbar dots, what are referred to as "blood spots," which are tiny red dots in the areas, indicative of iron content. The most common name for these beads is melon-beads, supposedly derived from their resemblance to a creased melon. It is also probable that the form was originally derived from the lotus-bud, rather than from the melon, as the name lotus harmonizes better with the amuletic nature of the bead, the lotus being considered sacred since time immemorial.
In listing photos it will show that there is a vertical aging crack in the carnelian bead, which has been there for quite some time!! It does not detract in any way - or make the bead unstable.
I have strung on a 2.5mm cord - 36cm (18") with chain extension to 50cm (20"). It has four antique glass beads.
Length: 3.2 cm (1 1/4")
Widtht: 2cm (7/8")
Weight: 12.8 (0.455)
Tested: High Grade Silver End Caps