This style bead is highly collectible and is from the Baluchi people who are an ethnic sub-group from Turkmenistan. Baluch is a common term used to designate nomadic tribes found in Western Afghaistan and as far north as Turkmenistan. This particular style bead always has a very large hole. They would have been slipped onto hair braids and use as hair ornaments.
I have a number of these beads; size and patterns on the beads vary slightly.
Age: vintage, most likely from the mid 20th century
Condition: All are vintage and in good condition for this type of bead and beads of this age. Some will have minor dents but all still have much wear left in them and will be a wonderful addition to your jewelry or craft project. Please remember these are old beads and have undergone both time and nomadic travel. They have a patina consistent with their age. I have not polished them and have left that up to the choice of the buyer.
Metal: base metal of unknown white metal alloy
Length - varies from 53 - 57mm (2 3/16") Width - varies from 35 - 40mm (1 5/8")
Shipping within the U.S.: Jewelry and supplies will be shipped in a package best suited for that item and will be insured, at no additional cost, if the value is greater than $50.
International Shipping: Shipping is quoted as USPS Mail. Insurance will be added if value is greater than $75. Delivery time is estimated at approximately 2-3 weeks. Please contact me if faster shipping is required, quote will be via email and will be the purchasers responsibility. Buyer is responsible for all customs, taxes, duty, tariffs or other fees. An accurate customs form will be filled out and any incurred fees are the buyers responsibility.
***I DO NOT ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR ITEMS THAT ARE LOST DURING SHIPPING. IF YOU WISH TO HAVE YOUR PACKAGE INSURED PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I WILL NOT ISSUE A REFUND FOR LOST PACKAGES.
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Returns & exchanges
Your satisfaction is my goal. If for any reason you are not happy with your purchased item please contact me within 15 days of receipt of purchase for a full refund minus original shipping cost. Buyer is responsible for return shipping and insurance.
Item must be returned as received, in condition received including jewelry, gift box and any additional included items.
Returns sent without prior agreement will not be accepted.
Many of the things you will find in my shop are vintage, ethnic items. Please keep in mind that these are often made by primitive people under primitive circumstances and are rarely what we would consider to be perfect. There may be mismatched jewels, a definite patina and often there are irregularities in the metal. This is common and should be expected with this type of jewelry. I leave the patina in place for those who prefer an aged appearance. Most items can be polished with a mild jewelry cleaner if that is your preference.