These are old beads from Afghanistan. My research leads me to believe that they are most likely from the early part of the 20th Century (100 years old or close to that). These are fabricated from a white metal of unknown alloy and have a raised relief design in the center of each bead. They are quite rare and highly collectible.
Please keep in mind these are vintage and may not be in perfect condition. Some have small dents and all have a patina consistent with their age. These can be polished if you choose, but I leave them as I find them for those who prefer an aged patina.
***I have a number of similar style beads. Please check my shop for other variations in pattern.**
Length varies from 35-40mm (These are handmade and sizes may vary slightly.) The hole is large enough to accommodate a leather cord and ranges from 3-4 mm.
I have seen these listed at $11 per bead on other sites that deal in antique, ethnic beads.
NOTE: I only have one listing for this pattern and you will receive the exact beads depicted in the pictures. The last picture is included to give a visualization of the side view of this style bead and is of a different pattern.
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.
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***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.