Carnelian Etched Tube Bead


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  • Contemporary etched Carnelian tubes 14x8mm
  • Holes are 1-1.5mm
  • Etched Carnelians were first made by the Indus Valley civilization about 4500 years ago and were traded to the Ancient Egyptians and to Mesopotamia
  • The technique for making these beads is laborious, involving mixing alkaline sodium carbonate with the juice of a specific bush to create a paste, neither too thick nor too runny, which is painted onto the beads, the beads than have to be fired at just the right temperature to etch the stone without cracking it
  • Several strands are available, but we've given each its own number, and photographed each strand separately to show variations in size and designs