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Ancient Middle East Etched carnelian Decorated Extraordinary old Bead Strand

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Seller: nightingale_box (474) 100%, Location: Bangkok, default, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 281885847370 Details: Description Material: Ancient Carnelian Lengt : 18 inches Bead Size: from 6mm - 35mm. Considered a precious stone in the ancient Middle East, carnelian was prized for its natural beauty, but also often decorated by a method commonly known as "etching". This term is a misnomer because the process does not involve acid or engraving. Instead, a solution of alkali mixed with plant juices and other ingredients was painted onto the bead in the desired designs before the bead was fired. A chemical reaction left a permanent white, grey, or black deposit on the stone depending on the specific solution used. The process was developed around 2500 BC for making copies of even rarer naturally patterned beads. This strand features a nice variety of lovely small shapes with classic patterns in good condition. Such beads were produced in North India as early as 400 BC

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