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Antique Carnelian and Agate Beads

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This beautiful strand is made up mainly of carnelian but also includes a couple jasper and agate beads. They were made into beads in India with the newest pieces being made during the 1500's (many can be much older). Eventually they were traded into northern Africa.

Each stone is unique with different color patterns and striping that is common (and highly desired) of agate. Some even feature orbital designs known as "eyes". These designs were thought to protect the wearer from the evil eye.

The beads range from 6mm to 17mm measured from hole to hole. Total length of strand is approx 14.5 inches.

You will receive the exact beads you see pictured here. The beads are temporarily strung and meant to be used in your own jewelry creations.

These carnelian beads are indeed antique pieces and their condition reflects that. Worn edges and weathering are a product of time and use...not defects.

Antique Carnelian and Agate Beads