Indus Valley Bead on Tiny Pin
I love making these, at last I have found a way to make the beads wearable...
Yes, this might look expensive for a pin, but just think about this.. The artist who made this bead in the Indus Valley.. 4,000 years ago. What was he wearing?
How did he drill the bead.. I think this is an Agate or Carnelian Stone. .This pin is a precious treasure. I was selling my collection mainly as just an amazing bead, or a few at a time, but this is different. Now you can wear your piece of history way back!
Thirty years ago I was fortunate enough to buy a collection of beads from a very reputable dealer in antiquities. He has remained a dear friend. His land of birth, Afghanistan. The beads came from the Indus Valley civilization, where the river Tigris and Euphrates meet, source of the Mesopotamian and Sumerian cultures.
Beads were produced in various shapes, sizes and materials by superb craftsmen, dating back to 4000 BC. My beads have been dated by Peter Frances Junior, though I already knew their source. They are 4000 years old. I have kept the collection together, not intending to sell the beads. Now the time has come. Bead collectors are now able gain knowledge about these rarest of beads thanks to some great historians.
Beads of the World by Peter Francis Junior
Collectible Beads by Robert Liu
The History of Beads by Lois Sher Dubin
Magical Ancient Beads by Jamey D.Allen.
Now, as a result of conflict in the area, there will be no more opportunities for these kinds of beads to be collected.
Dating ancient stone beads is not easy. Sometimes it comes down to knowing from whom it was bought. This comes from a source I have trusted both in reputation and friendship for so long. It is a treasure, take care of it...