A superb collection of Ancient Stone .. mostly Carnelian .. Bicone Discs and Barrels
One of the first types
of Indian commercially produced beads, which were supplied to traders world-wide, from as long as 2,500 years ago.
Originally, naturally occurring agate .. impregnated with iron
impurities .. was found in central India in the river bed of the Narmada River. Hand-shaping and processing by heating
at Khambat ( Cambay ) .. produced beads in a variety of red / brown colours.
These beads .. graduating from 4 x 12 to 11 x 28 mm
on this extra long 33 ins / 84 cm strand .. were found in Mali.