Collector's Beads

Collector's Beads includes some of the most exceptional treasures from Rita's design workshop. These are sometimes items that she was using for her own designs, or wasn't ready to sell yet.

Note: We are now in the process of updating photos and descriptions in this section, so most items are not currently listed. If you previously were interested in an item and can no longer locate it, send us a photo, description or item number and we'll check to see if it's just getting updated or if it's sold. We also have removed repeating photos so in photos with multiple items, more than the identified item is available. Thank you for your patience with this process!
Large Antique Silver Hirz Amulet, Yemen - C154 Large Antique Silver Hirz Amulet, Yemen  - C154$200.00Very Large Antique Silver Hirz Amulet, Yemen. A Hirz was a traditional silver amulet made to contain a prayer or blessing to be worn as part of the bridal dowry on a woman’s wedding day. 3 top Bails, one side bail. Opens (see photos). 6 1/2" long (16.5 cm). Good condition with wonderful patina. A treasure. Purchased in the 1980's. Collector Item 154 Ancient Amulets and Beads, Egypt - C347cAncient Amulets and Beads, Egypt - C347c$350.00Ancient Egyptian Amulets and Beads, Egypt and Middle East. Purchased in Egypt in the 1980s or early 1990s. Includes a few vessel pendants. Good condition. Collector Item 347c Ancient Beads from Mali and Roman Period Glass beads from the Middle East - C303bAncient Beads from Mali and Roman Period Glass beads from the Middle East - C303b$325.00Ancient Beads from Mali and Egypt - C303b. This strand includes ancient rock crystal and other beads from Mali (excavated) and wonderful ancient glass beads from the Middle East. Also includes one Ptolemaic or Roman Period Glass Beads from Egypt in yellow or yellow and green as discussed in the book "Collectible Beads", by Robert Liu (p. 125). Collector Item 303bAncient Blue, Green and Clear Glass Beads, Roman Era - C205a Ancient Blue, Green and Clear Glass Beads, Roman Era - C205a $425.00Ancient Blue, Green and Clear Glass Beads, Roman Era. Includes several beads with decorative details and remnants of iridescence. Rita purchased most of her ancient beads in Egypt - their original provenance is difficult to determine. Collector Item 205a Ancient Glass Beads, Rock Crystal Bead and a Steatite Spindle Whorl, Middle East - C205bAncient Glass Beads, Rock Crystal Bead and a Steatite Spindle Whorl, Middle East - C205b$425.00Ancient Glass beads of various ages, including a Steatite Spindle Whorl, and Ancient Rock Crystal beads, Middle East. Collector Item 205b
Ancient Glass Majapahit and Jatim Beads from Indonesia - C113bAncient Glass Majapahit and Jatim Beads from Indonesia - C113b$300.00Ancient Glass Majapahit and Jatim Beads from Indonesia. Group of 5. These beads were collected in the 1970's and early 1980's in Indonesia. Collector Item 113bAncient Glass Vessel Pendants and Beads, Syria or Egypt - C270Ancient Glass Vessel Pendants and Beads, Syria or Egypt - C270$295.00Ancient Glass Vessel Pendants and Beads, Syria. Approximately 2500 years old. Rita purchased these from a dealer in Syria or Egypt in the 1980's or early 1990's. Collector Item 270 Ancient Gray and Off-White Faience with Triplet Beads, Egypt - C171Ancient Gray and Off-White Faience with Triplet Beads, Egypt - C171$55.00Ancient Gray and Off-White Faience Beads, Egypt, with Rare Triplet Beads. 28" strand. Good condition. Beads are in the 3mm range. Collector Item 171Ancient Iranian and Egyptian Faience and Glass Beads - C225bAncient Iranian and Egyptian Faience and Glass Beads - C225b$220.00Ancient Iranian and Egyptian Faience and Glass Beads. Collector Item 225bAncient Islamic Beads and Seals, Colonial-Era and Venetian Beads - C202Ancient Islamic Beads and Seals, Colonial-Era and Venetian Beads - C202$695.00A decorative strand of Ancient Islamic beads and Colonial-era and Venetian beads. Acquired in Egypt in the 1980's. Includes spindle whorl and ancient black Islamic glass bead with white trailed design. Collector Item 202
Antique and Ancient Bead Strand with Faience, Stone, Islamic and Dutch Glass, Rock Crystal and Trade Beads - C559Antique and Ancient Bead Strand with Faience, Stone, Islamic and Dutch Glass, Rock Crystal and Trade Beads - C559$275.00Antique and Ancient Bead Strand with Faience, Stone, Islamic and Dutch Glass, Rock Crystal and Trade Beads. This very special strand of mixed excavated beads from Mali, which includes an ancient Egyptian faience drop, Islamic blue glass and blue eye beads, and lovely frosted Dutch glass beads, in white and amethyst from the 1700s-1800's. 62 beads. 24" strand. Bead sizes range from 8-19mm in length and up to 17mm diameter. Collector Item 559 Antique Carved Jade Frog Pendant, China - C242bAntique Carved Jade Frog Pendant, China - C242b$155.00Carved jade frog pendant, Antique, China. 23mm wide. Hole on bottom at center of front feet. Collector Item 242bAntique Ethnic Chinese Silver and Jade Necklace - C019Antique Ethnic Chinese Silver and Jade Necklace - C019$575.00Antique silver chain necklace with central Jade pendant and mixed pendants (animal teeth, silver, stone, and more), China. This fabulous piece could be worn as is or taken apart. Pendant measures 4" across at widest and chain measures 34 inches. Jade center pendant and most silver pendants are in good shape, but one pendant is broken. This item was purchased in the 1970's or 1980's. Collector Item 019Antique Small Silver and Gold-Washed Mauritanian Beads with Granulation and Decorative Roping, Group of 10 - C460Antique Small Silver and Gold-Washed Mauritanian Beads with Granulation and Decorative Roping, Group of 10 - C460$75.00Gorgeous Antique Small Silver and Gold Washed Mauritanian Beads with Granulation and Decorative Roping. These are beads that one rarely sees available for sale. They are delicate, but not fragile. Each one is a feast for the eyes. Ornamental traditional tribal decorative beads used in bridal and other jewelry in Mauritania. Fabulous for design and for collecting. Let us know if you prefer with more or less gold wash. 80 beads available. Sold in groups of 10. 6-7mm each. We have brought down the price of these - yay! Collector Item 460Antique Translucent Mauritanian Amber Beads, Set of 2 Beads - C479Antique Translucent Mauritanian Amber Beads, Set of 2 Beads - C479$60.00Lovely Translucent Antique Baltic Amber Beads, from Mauritania. A pair of nicely shaped Honey Amber beads in thick medium sized disks. These are amber, not copal or phenolic resin. Weight: 6.7 grams. 23mm diameter. 8-11mm width (hole to hole). Collector Item 479
Antique, Hand-Carved Serpentine and Jade Lock, China - C243Antique, Hand-Carved Serpentine and Jade Lock, China - C243$75.00Antique, hand-carved serpentine and jade lock, China. Measures just over 2" across. Collector Item 243Bedouin Silver Decorated Hookah Pipe Tip on Chain, Egypt - C288Bedouin Silver Decorated Hookah Pipe Tip on Chain, Egypt - C288$135.00Old Bedouin Silver Decorated Hookah Pipe Tip on Chain, Egypt. 5 inches (13cm) long. Collector Item 288Coptic Burial Cloth - Egypt - C360Coptic Burial Cloth - Egypt - C360$240.00Ancient and Very Old Burial Cloth - Egypt Price for all (but available separately, please contact us) Collector Item 360Dark Blue Glass Bicone Beads of Ban Chiang with Ancient Glass Beads, Indonesia - C172bDark Blue Glass Bicone Beads of Ban Chiang with Ancient Glass Beads, Indonesia - C172b$175.00Dark Blue Glass Bicone Beads of Ban Chiang from Thailand - with Ancient Glass Beads, Indonesia. Ban Chiang beads are discussed in the book, Collectible Beads, by Robert Liu on pp. 84-85. Collector Item 172bEarly Islamic Glass Beads, Ancient, Middle East - C110aEarly Islamic Glass Beads, Ancient, Middle East - C110a$300.00Group of 6 Ancient Glass beads from the Early Islamic era. These were purchased together in the 1980's in Cairo. Collector Item 110a
High Atlas Ighram Vintage Silver Pendant Necklace, Morocco - C126High Atlas Ighram Vintage Silver Pendant Necklace, Morocco - C126$58.00High Atlas Ighram Vintage Silver Pendant Necklace, Morocco or Algeria. Nine diamond shape pendants with beads. Coin metal silver. Collector Item 126 Magnificent Antique Granulated Gold Washed Toucouleur Diamond-Shaped Mauritanian Beads - C460bMagnificent Antique Granulated Gold Washed Toucouleur Diamond-Shaped Mauritanian Beads - C460b$16.50Magnificent Antique Granulated Gold Washed Toucouleur Diamond-Shaped Mauritanian Beads. These are super special collector's beads. Each one is is a work of art, they are handcrafted by Mauritanian silversmiths for traditional bridal jewelry. Fabulous for designing and very solidly made. Wonderful addition to add elegance to earrings or any other creation. Range from 16.7-19.7mm (.6-.8 of an inch) in length. 6.5-8mm (.33 inch) at widest point. I have only a limited quantity of these gorgeous treasures. Sold individually. Collector Item 460b Mauritanian Aggrab Al Fadda Beads with Patina and Verdigris - C198jk$74.00Mauritanian Aggrab Al Fadda Beads with Patina and Verdigris. 2 beads available. Price is per bead. Nicely matched and in good overall condition with wear from age. 27mm (1.06 inches) long and 19mm wide (.73 inch). These hollow beads are created from using a silver sheet and made into two halves which are joined together to make the hollow beads. They are used as ornamental traditional tribal hair adornments in North and West Africa and are highly collectible. These beads can be cleaned but they are sold as is. Collector's Item 198j and k Mauritanian Gilded Silver Gold Washed Fan-Shaped Hair Bead Ornaments - C554$90.00Mauritanian Gilded Silver Gold Washed Fan-Shaped Hair Bead Ornaments. These hair ornaments come from the Tukolor peoples of Senegal and Mauritania. They are collectible, authentic and very special. Circa early to mid 1900's. These pendants have dents and wear. Sold in sets of 3. Four sets of 3 available. See photos with all pendant beads in rows. "A'"is top row, "B" is second row, "C" is third row, "D"is bottom row. Listed in order. (Set C is reserved for customer (3rd row).) NOTE: the middle pendant in the first row will be exchanged for a very similar one in better condition. Hole at top. Some range in sizes but approximately .75 x .75 inches (19-20mm x 19-20mm). Collector's Item 554 (a-d) - a is top row etc. Set C is reserved for customer (3rd row). Also, check out the collection shown at the Smithsonian Museum for African Art: https://africa.si.edu/collections/view/objects/asitem/Objects@18797/23/title-asc?t:state:flow=36c3f403-33cd-4da2-90d2-e12739084183 https://africa.si.edu/collections/view/objects/asitem/Objects@18797/35/title-asc?t:state:flow=3ae5c544-2982-480a-af0f-e45fd1dffe9fMid Eastern Vintage Metal Pendant on Chain with Green Glass Cabachon and Etching - C088Mid Eastern Vintage Metal Pendant on Chain with Green Glass Cabachon and Etching - C088$125.00Middle Eastern Vintage Metal Pendant with Green Glass Inset Cabachon and Etching, on Long Linked Metal Chain, Israel. Pendant measures 2.5 inches across. Chain measures 32 inches long. 90 grams with chain. Collector Item 088
Mixed Ancient and Antique Beads and Amulets - C353Mixed Ancient and Antique Beads and Amulets - C353$175.00Mixed Ancient and Antique Beads and Amulets. Includes ancient amulets from Egypt, an ancient melon bead, a gooseberry bead, and many ancient and antique glass and stone beads. Lots of unusual and very old beads and amulets. Collector Item 353Mixed Ancient and Antique Beads, Middle East - C366cMixed Ancient and Antique Beads, Middle East - C366c$95.00Mixed Ancient and Antique Beads, Middle East - C366c Collector Item 366cMoroccan Berber Necklace with 7 Decorated Coin Pendants - C508Moroccan Berber Necklace with 7 Decorated Coin Pendants - C508$80.00Moroccan Berber Necklace with 7 Decorated Coin Pendants. A vintage, complete beaded rural necklace from Morocco with 6 smaller and one focal decorated coin pendants (7 total). This wonderful old necklace could be worn as is or used for its parts. Let us know if you would like an added Rita clasp (extra $8.00) for a finished necklace. This necklace can also go over the head and not be opened with a clasp. Collector Item 508 Moroccan Painted Talouine Pendant, from a Headdress - C299Moroccan Painted Talouine Pendant, from a Headdress  - C299$65.00Moroccan Painted Talouine Pendant, from a Headdress. 4 1/2 inches long. This would make a smashing focal pendant or wall decoration. Collector Item 299Old Bedouin Silver Kirdan Wedding Necklace, Yemen - C419Old Bedouin Silver Kirdan Wedding Necklace, Yemen  - C419$235.00Old Bedouin Silver Kirdan or Wedding Necklace or Choker, Yemen. 10 inches wide and 4 inches long. Coin Silver. Traditionally worn by Jewish and Moslem Yemeni brides in the early to mid 1900's. This is a really nice old piece. Collector Item 419
Old Yemeni Granulated Silver Coin Holder or Mahfaza, Yemen - C081bOld Yemeni Granulated Silver Coin Holder or Mahfaza, Yemen - C081b$160.00A very collectible and lovely old Yemeni Mahfaza (Silver Coin Holder). Would attach to the belt of a Jambiya or dagger. This was acquired in the 1970's and is from the 1940's or earlier. It has detailed granulation and silver work from the old Yemeni silversmiths. It is a very special piece that could be used as pendant or other part of your creation or as a gift. Open at top. Measures 9.5 cm (almost 4 inches) x 8 cm (3.1 inches). Weighs 106 Grams . Collector Item 081bPre-Columbian Gold and Copper Nose Ring, South America - C387Pre-Columbian Gold and Copper Nose Ring, South America - C387$90.00Incomplete Pre-Columbian Gold and Copper Nose Ring, South America - C387 Collector Item 387 We have lowered the price on this item from $150.00 to $90.00. http://ethnicjewelsmagazine.com/nose-rings-in-pre-columbian-civilizations-by-barbara-steinberg/Pre-Columbian Tumbaga Copper and Gold Animal Amulet - C391Pre-Columbian Tumbaga Copper and Gold  Animal Amulet - C391$450.00Pre-Columbian Tumbaga Copper and Gold Animal Amulet, S. America Tumbaga was the name given by Spaniards to a non-specific alloy of gold and copper which they found in widespread use in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and South America. Collector Item 391Pre-War Carved Stone Ethnic Chinese Fish Pendant - C285bPre-War Carved Stone Ethnic Chinese Fish Pendant - C285b$55.00Pre-War Carved Stone Ethnic Chinese Fish Pendant. Almost 2 1/2" long. Collector Item 285b collectors-beads/collector-item-285bRoman glass, bloodstone and Iranian faience beads, Ancient, Egypt - C304Roman glass, bloodstone and Iranian faience beads, Ancient, Egypt - C304$250.00Ancient Roman glass, bloodstone and Iranian faience beads, Egypt. Sizes of beads vary. Collector Item 304
Rural Soussi Metal Necklace with Red and Blue Beads, Morocco - C196Rural Soussi Metal Necklace with Red and Blue Beads, Morocco - C196$88.00Vintage Rural Soussi Metal Necklace with Red and Blue Beads, Morocco - C196 This large, complete rural metal Soussi necklace replicated the silver versions of the Anti Atlas region of Morocco. Focal pendant is 3.75" long. Strand measures 31". Collector Item 196 Set of 4 Early Islamic Glass Beads from the Middle East - C100cSet of 4 Early Islamic Glass Beads from the Middle East - C100c$340.00Early Islamic Ancient Glass Beads - C100c. Collector Item 110cSpectacular Strand of Ancient Beads and Jug Pendants - C200bSpectacular Strand of Ancient Beads and Jug Pendants - C200b$1,400.00Special, very old, pre-B.C. beads and pendants (over 2000 years old). Includes ancient glass pendants, ancient jet and jug pendants. See circle-eye motif on some pendants. Collector Item 200b Tii'alaqin or Temporal, Silver Head Ornament, Siwa Oasis, Egypt - C120Tii'alaqin or Temporal, Silver Head Ornament, Siwa Oasis, Egypt - C120$275.00Silver temporal or ti'alaqin (head ornament), Siwa Oasis, Egypt. 1900's. Worn on a leather band over the head, and sometimes seen worn on the back of the head. Beads measure approximately 20mm and each chain is 10" long. Pendant measures 3" across. Collector Item 120 Tom and Sage Holland Modern Classic Art Glass Beads - C189aTom and Sage Holland Modern Classic Art Glass Beads - C189a$275.00(Item location: Top) Tom and Sage Holland Modern Classic Art Glass Beads - strand Collector Item 189a
Toucouleur Silver Decorated Focal Bead, On Silver Chain, a Traditional Necklace from Mauritania - C504bToucouleur Silver Decorated Focal Bead, On Silver Chain, a Traditional Necklace from Mauritania - C504b$185.00A Large Old Toucouler Tukulor Silver Decorated Focal Bead on a Silver Chain. From the Toucouleur or Tukulor People of W. Africa. May have been used as traditional wedding gift from a groom. This is a special, hard-to-find pendant. It is decorated beautifully, with a chain connecting to it on both sides. It would make a stunning addition to a collection and it is wearable as is. This was most likely made within the last 30 years (based on evidence of wear). Not sterling silver. Looks like a mix of metal and silver. Approximately 4 inches (90mm) long (including bails). Weighs 36 grams including chain. Chain length 9 inches each side so total necklace length is approximately 22 inches. Collector Item 504b Traditional Yemeni Silver Choker Necklace, Taiz, Yemen - C433Traditional Yemeni Silver Choker Necklace,  Taiz, Yemen - C433$220.00Traditional Yemeni Silver Bridal Choker - Necklace, Taiz, Yemen. 1940's or older. Bridal jewelry was often part of dowry, kept for its value in case of hard times, and as a show of wealth. Likely Yemeni Jewish silversmithing. Now much of the Yemeni silver jewelry has been sold off or melted down in favor of gold jewelry. 14 inches long x 1 inch wide. Lots of patina. 6.5 inches of dangles. This choker is very wearable, but will need new closure. Similar chokers and belts can be seen in Marjorie Ransom's reference book, "Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba/Regional Yemeni Jewelry". Collector Item 433Very Special and Very Old Pre-B.C. Pendants - C200aVery Special and Very Old Pre-B.C. Pendants - C200a$500.00Very special, very old, pre-B.C. double-holed pendants. 20mm. Purchased in Egypt or Syria in the 1980's. Group of 8 pendants. Collector Item 200a Vintage Bohemian Teardrop Shaped Clear Glass Beads in Deep Red, Green and Royal Blue - C413Vintage Bohemian Teardrop Shaped Clear Glass Beads in Deep Red, Green and Royal Blue - C413$36.00Vintage Bohemian Teardrop Shaped Clear Glass Beads in Deep Red, Green and Royal Blue. Group of 14 unusual substantial old teardrop shaped beads, possibly originally from a chandelier. From Rita's old design studio. Most of this group of beads are 22mm tall, but 3 green beads are smaller at 14mm tall. Sold as a group. Collector Item 413 Yemeni Saada Silver Hirz Amulet with Chains, Dangles and Hanging Rectangular Pendant - C506Yemeni Saada Silver Hirz Amulet with Chains, Dangles and Hanging Rectangular Pendant - C506$165.00Yemeni Saada Decorative Granulated Silver Wedding Dowry Amulet, with Hanging Rectangular Pendant on Chains. Likely from al-Tahl in the Saada Region of Yemen. 1940's or earlier. Wonderful patina and detailed silver work. 5 inches across and 5.5 inches long. 138 grams. Originally an element of a Yemeni wedding necklace or dowry. See the 2 photos in this listing taken from Marjorie Ransom's reference book, "Silver Treasures in the Land of Sheba". The top item in the set in her photograph is nearly identical to this magnificent pendant. A very special and collectible treasure! Collector's Item 506