Tibetan antiques at Himalayan Antiques
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1900 item #628984 (stock #22055a)
Himalayan Antiques
$300.00
This is a set of eleven natural carnelian beads from Nagaland. It is anyone's guess how old they are since they have probably been used many times over before finally being assembled here.

Each bead is at least two inches long and the overall length of the beads is 23 inches.

They come to life with light pouring through them. We have photographs of them with light hitting them from both the front and behind.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Pre 1900 item #628018 (stock #22063)
Himalayan Antiques
$375.00
Traditionally worn in eastern Nepal in the area just west of Darjeeling, India, this necklace is composed of thirteen gold beads separated by four layers of red felt. This kind of necklace is called a kantha.

Nepalese jewelers are experts on making a small amount of gold go a long way. The beads are made of resin and the gold is applied in very thin sheets...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1940 item #348911 (stock #05807)
Himalayan Antiques
$225.00
Traditionally worn throughout much of Nepal, the tilhari necklace indicates that its wearer is a married woman. The silver part of this necklace is called a tilhari. Tilharis always consist of seven finely worked beads, three of which are rounder and four are flatter. They may be of silver or of gold and are strung on a rod of metal or of wood.

On the wedding day the groom places a tilhari around neck of the bride, and it symbolizes the wish and prayer for his long life...

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1940 item #325341 (stock #17224)
Himalayan Antiques
$75.00
Formerly extremely common in Nepal, these red glass beads were worn by women after they were married. Clearly an imitation of the infinitely more expensive red coral, they are sometimes referred to as "Sherpa coral" though we prefer the term "red mala".

New versions of these beads have recently come on the market, but they are much more consistent in both size and color.

This string of beads is 29" long and contains 58 beads, each roughly 1/2" in length.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1940 item #325338 (stock #19036)
Himalayan Antiques
$85.00
This necklace is called a kanthshri. It is worn by the Rana Tharu people of western Nepal and is of white metal with probably a low silver content. It can be polished but not to the luster of pure silver.

The numerous elements are hung on two cloth-covered cords and its closure is an Indian one anna coin dated 1939. A very similar necklace can be seen in The Jewelry of Nepal, p. 172.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1900 item #325274 (stock #20142)
Himalayan Antiques
$65.00
Multiple stands of tiny seed beads were commonly worn in Nepal until recently. Now they are found only in more remote areas or among older women. These blue glass beads were obviously inspired by turquoise and were an early trade item.

Including the braided ends this "mala" is 37 inches long and is made up of fourteen strands of beads.

All Items : Estate Jewelry : Ethnic : Far Eastern : Pre 1900 item #325266 (stock #15615)
Himalayan Antiques
$550.00
A collection of thirty-six antique Tibetan turquoise beads simply strung on plastic thread. As strung the length of the necklace is 25 inches and the weight is 6.5 ounces.

We collected these beads in Kathmandu, Nepal, where pilgrims from Tibet often bring old beads to sell to cover their expenses.