Seller: bluetiger99 (19) 100%, Location: Sum Rong, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 392676117321 The word Pumtek means 'buried thunderbolt' in the Chin language and is currently the most widely adopted name (outside of Burma) for this unique group of decorated stone beads. Pumtek were originally crafted in ancient times and they often display line decorated designs and unique motifs that are not found in any other region. The Chin also have individual names for each bead type and the rarer designs are highly valued.Pumtek are also unusual because they are created from silicified wood (also known as opalised, agatised, fossilised or petrified wood) and in some cases agate or chalcedony. This material is indigenous to Burma and Pumteks are therefore very distinct from other stone beads found in Asia. Pumteks that have travelled as a result of trade can also be found in neighbouring countries such as India and Thailand. Today they are mainly seen on heirloom necklaces belonging to the Chin (also known as Kuki), a tribal group that can be found spread out from Northwestern Burma to Northeastern India.Ancient Pumtek are often highly contrasted black and white decorated stone beads and some may be more than 2000 years old (400 BCE). Early 20th century Burmese bead makers also adopted the name Pumtek for their own newly created fossil wood beads.Wearing these beads was seen as a display of position and wealth within the tribal community and they also acted as protective amulets. As heirloom beads it has also been suggested that the Chin view them as being imbued with the power and blessing of their ancestors.Payment We accept PayPal only. Payment must be received within 3 Days from the date of purchase. Please send us ebay Notes or Message when making the payment if you have any special request (colors/size). We have no combined shipping cost. Us store all Free Ship. If you buy many order. No Combined Ship Cost. Shipping We will arrange shipping to you within 3 days( Excluding weekend) after payment cleared. We always send the item to the address you give us on PAYPAL to ensure the security of the item. If you have changed your address, or want us to ship to another address, please change to the new address when you pay us with PAYPAL, otherwise we will not be responsible if the package is lost. Hope you can understand. We ship items to Worldwide. Thank you Warm Remind When you send your payment to me, please confirm your address is accordant with the address given on PayPal. Contact US Please use the link "Ask the Seller Question" or send "eBay message" in you "My eBay" to contact us if you have problems, special requests or suggestions, we are very glad to help you anytime. Due to the 12 hours time difference between West and Asia we will reply you within 24 hours. Please leave us the positive feedback and good detailed seller rating after you received our package and satisfied with it. As you know, every seller works hard for the positive feedback. and if you have any question with the transaction or you do not satisfied with the item, please fell free to contact with me before you leave any feedback, i will responds you within 24 hours, 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed If you have any question, please feel free to contact with me i will responds you within 24 hours. We take the weekends off, so any questions sent then will be answered on Monday. Thanks for your patience!