Stone Beads

Rita's collection of stone beads includes ancient amazonite, antique carved and faceted carnelian agate, burial beads from Mali, pre-Columbian stone beads and pendants, ancient carnelian sardonyx, old Chinese jade, rock crystal, and ancient stone beads from the Middle East and Africa. Among the other rare and wonderful beads in this section you will also find jasper, howlite, malachite, rose quartz and turquoise.

Rita's collection of stone beads comes from many parts of the world, and varies broadly to include beads that are ancient, very old, antique and vintage.

Note: Some photographs below contain multiple items, and each available item in these images is now listed separately, with its own photo, description and item number/letter combination. Consequently, multiple versions of the same photograph may appear in the page below.
Lovely Ancient Djenne Mixed Granite Gneiss Beads, Strand, Mali - Rita Okrent Collection - S334c Lovely Ancient Djenne Mixed Granite Gneiss Beads, Strand, Mali - Rita Okrent Collection - S334c$100.00 Lovely Ancient Djenne Mixed Granite Gneiss Beads, Strand, Mali -S334c Ancient Djenne Mixed Granite Gneiss Beads, Strand, Mali. Soft black and white with some green and brown hues. These wonderful ancient granite beads are thought to be at least 800 years old. The beads range from 1-2 inches long each. Total length of strand (excluding raffia) is approximately 34 inches. 25 beads total. Stone Item 334cAgate and Other Stone Beads, Ancient - S113aAgate and Other Stone Beads, Ancient - S113a$120.00Ancient agate and other stone beads, 23-28mm. Stone Item 113aAncient Amazonite Beads, Mixed Sizes and Shapes, Mali or Mauritania - Rita Okrent Collection - S384Ancient Amazonite Beads, Mixed Sizes and Shapes, Mali or Mauritania - Rita Okrent Collection - S384$630.00Gorgeous Long Strand of Ancient Amazonite Beads, Mixed Sizes and Shapes, Mauritania. At least 2000 years old. A gorgeous strand of beads at a good price/gram. Slices, tabular beads, tube beads. Lots of great beads for all sorts of designs. Browns, greens and blues. Two longest beads measure 29mm and 33mm hole-to-hole. A bit more than 175 grams. Approximately 117 beads. 33 inches of beads. Only one strand just like this. We love this strand! Stone Item 384Ancient Carnelian Round Beads, Mali - S170Ancient Carnelian Round Beads, Mali - S170$150.00Ancient Carnelian Round Beads, Mali. 1000-2000 years old. Bead sizes range from 4x7mm to 8x12mm. 28" strands. We have a 5 strands available. If you prefer beads in the smaller size range, please let us know with a note on your order. Stone Item 170Ancient Djenne Graduated Pale Orange Stone Quartz Beads, Mali - S123Ancient Djenne Graduated Pale Orange Stone Quartz Beads, Mali - S123$175.00Ancient Djenne Graduated Pale Orange Stone Quartz Beads, Mali These beads were excavated in Mali where trade caravans crossed. They are at least 1000 years old. Approximately 135 beads/strand. 26" strand not counting raffia. 7-14mm beads (diameter). Conically drilled, with 1-2mm holes. Second strand is almost off white, it's so pale. 127 beads. Stone Item 123
Ancient Djenne Graduated Red Orange Stone Quartz Beads, Mali - S124Ancient Djenne Graduated Red Orange Stone Quartz Beads, Mali - S124$150.00Ancient Djenne Graduated Red Orange Stone Quartz Beads, Mali. Color of beads may be residue embedded from red soil. These beads were excavated in Mali where trade caravans crossed. They are at least 1000 years old. Approximately 135 beads/strand. 26" strand not counting raffia. 7-14mm beads (diameter). Conically drilled, with 1-2mm holes. Stone Item 124 Ancient Mixed Black and Green Stone beads, Afghanistan- S059Ancient Mixed Black and Green Stone beads, Afghanistan- S059$150.00Black and Green Ancient Stone beads, Afghanistan or Middle East - in various shapes and sizes. 24-32mm. Stone Item 059Ancient Neolithic Agate Small Biscuit Stone Beads, Mali - S321f$150.00Ancient Neolithic Agate Small Biscuit Stone Beads, Mali. From Neolithic settlements in the Sahara. 1200-1600 AD or earlier on beads in this strand. 116 beads. Chunky shapes ranging from 7-12mm in size, but mainly around 11mm. 30 inches of beads. 2 strands available. Stone Item 321f Ancient Stone Beads, Mixed - S251Ancient Stone Beads, Mixed - S251$95.00Ancient Stone Beads, Mixed. Longest bead measures 24mm. Stone Item 251Black Agate Crackle Beads, South Africa - S304Black Agate Crackle Beads, South Africa - S304$24.00Black Agate Crackle Beads, South Africa. These gorgeous black agate beads are faceted and have unique designs. Approximately 32 beads per strand. 12mm. 1 strand available. Stone Item 304
Blue Black Agate Crackle Beads, South Africa - S303Blue Black Agate Crackle Beads, South Africa - S303$30.00Blue Black Agate Crackle Beads, South Africa. 13-14mm. These unusual, wonderful beads are hard to find. These beads come to us in black with a blue tint, when held to the light. Each bead varies in exact appearance though some match, and sizes are very similar. 4 strands available. Approximately 28 beads per strand. If any are damaged, you will receive a prorated refund for that bead. Stone Item 303Brown Striped Stone Beads, Afghanistan, Ancient - S245Brown Striped Stone Beads, Afghanistan, Ancient - S245$150.00Ancient stone beads, Afghanistan. Beads range in size from 22-27mm. Price for each, please indicate which bead you'd like. Stone Item 245Carnelian Beads, Antique and Very Old, Mixed Shapes - S202Carnelian Beads, Antique and Very Old, Mixed Shapes - S202$45.00Antique carnelian beads. Mixed round, cylindrical, rectangular and faceted beads on this strand. Mixed colors, of orange and browns. Range of sizes, with larger beads measuring 25-30mm each. Stone Item 202 Carnelian Beads, Mixed Shapes and Sizes, Ancient and Very Old - S240aCarnelian Beads, Mixed Shapes and Sizes, Ancient and Very Old - S240a$85.00Carnelian Beads, Mixed Shapes and Sizes, Ancient and Very Old. Stone Item 240aCarnelian Beads, Various Shapes and Sizes, Ancient - S151Carnelian Beads, Various Shapes and Sizes, Ancient - S151$105.00Ancient Carnelian beads, various shapes and sizes. Round, faceted carnelian beads in photo range from 14mm to 18mm. Stone Item 151
Carnelian Claw Idar-Oberstein Beads and Pendants - S225dCarnelian Claw Idar-Oberstein Beads and Pendants - S225d$80.00Old Carnelian and Glass Claw Idar-Oberstein, beads, some with chips from wear and tear. This strand also includes an unusual jug bead. This beads were made in Idar-Oberstein, Germany in the mid to late 1800's and traded in Africa. Beads measure approximately 30mm each. These beads would make excellent pendants! Stone Item 225dCarved Howlite Beads, Old - S130Carved Howlite Beads, Old - S130$30.00Carved Howlite beads. 20mm each. Stone Item 130Collection of Antique Mixed Stone Pendants and Beads, Including Jet, Granite, Agate and Jade - S240bCollection of Antique Mixed Stone Pendants and Beads, Including Jet, Granite, Agate and Jade - S240b$170.00Collection of Antique and Ancient Mixed Stone Pendants and Beads. Includes Jet, Granite, Agate and Jade Beads. Mixed shapes and sizes. Lots to work with here! Stone Item 240bExcavated Ancient Agate, Rock Crystal and Stone Beads, Mali - S082b$125.00Strand of Mixed Excavated Ancient Agate, Rock Crystal and Stone Beads, Mali. Date from 1200-1800 A.D. to as old as Neolithic times, from Sub-Saharan West Africa. 53 beads. Various sizes and shapes including short tubular agates, and large focal agates and crystals. 6 large focal sized beads (sizes range from 23-25mm, hole-to-hole). Many useful medium sized beads (sizes range around 15mm hole-to-hole). 27" strand. Stone Item 082b Excavated Ancient Diamond Shaped Tabular Agate and Rock Crystal Beads, Mali - S382bExcavated Ancient Diamond Shaped Tabular Agate and Rock Crystal Beads, Mali - S382b$145.00Ancient Tabular Diamond Shaped Graduated Agate Beads, Mali. From early settlements in the Moroccan Sahara. Date from 1200-1800 A.D. Several beads are well matched and others would be terrific as focal pendant beads. Lovely diamond shapes. Nice markings and colors and also clean white beads for design. Lots of large beads on this strand. Largest focal bead measures 39mm hole-to-hole. Smaller beads measure approximately 18mm hole-to-hole. 31 beads total. 30 inch strand. Stone Item 382b
Excavated Small Agate Beads, Mali - S314Excavated Small Agate Beads, Mali - S314$52.00Excavated Small Agate Beads, Mali. 2 strands shown in second photo. 3-5mm beads. 1 strand in stock. Stone Item 314 Gray Agate Beads, with Brown Markings, Old, India - S252aGray Agate Beads, with Brown Markings, Old, India - S252a$50.00Gray Agate Beads, with Brown Markings, Old, India - 19-26mm. Stone Item 252aGreen and White Stone Beads, Antique, Asia - S189aGreen and White Stone Beads, Antique, Asia - S189a$95.00Green stone round beads, Asia. Sizes range from 13 to 15mm each. 14 beads total. Stone Item 189aGreen, Pink and Black Tourmaline beads, Antique - S131aGreen, Pink and Black Tourmaline beads, Antique - S131a$195.00Antique Green, Pink and Black Tourmaline beads. 40 grams. Varying sizes ranging from 6-11mm and up to 20mm circumference. Gorgeous! Stone Item 131aGroup of 6 Ancient Stone Beads - S252bGroup of 6 Ancient Stone Beads - S252b$85.00Group of 6 ancient beads. Some may need holes re-drilled. Group of 6, price for all. Stone Item 252b
Idar-Oberstein Cylindrical Agate Beads, Antique - S222bIdar-Oberstein Cylindrical Agate Beads, Antique - S222b$60.00Antique Idar-Oberstein cylindrical agate and glass beads. Longest bead (40mm) has chip on it. Range from 30-40mm in size. Stone Item 222b Large Faceted Carnelian and Glass Beads, Bohemian Idar Oberstein - S161bLarge Faceted Carnelian and Glass Beads, Bohemian Idar Oberstein  - S161b$95.00Large Faceted Carnelian and Glass Beads, Bohemian Idar Oberstein Longest bead measures 77mm. Stone Item 161bLight Purple Large Round Amethyst Beads, Antique, Set of 3 - S185Light Purple Large Round Amethyst Beads, Antique, Set of 3 - S185$36.00Three light purple, round, antique amethyst beads. Size ranges from 27mm to 29mm. Stone Item 185 Matched Light Pink Stone Beads, Old - S166bMatched Light Pink Stone Beads, Old - S166b$35.00Matched Pink Stone Beads, Old, measure 15mm each. Hong Kong. Stone Item 166b SOLD Matched Small Amethyst Disk Beads - S184bMatched Small Amethyst Disk Beads - S184b$55.00Matched Small Amethyst Disk Beads, Old. 4mm hole-to-hole, 7mm circumference. Stone Item 184b
Mixed Ancient Carnelian Beads, group of 8 - S114Mixed Ancient Carnelian Beads, group of 8 - S114$120.00Mixed Ancient and Carnelian Beads, group of 8 beads. Includes faceted round bead (17.8mm), striped carnelian bead (22.8mm), and other shapes and sizes. See penny in photo for perspective. This is a gorgeous group of beads, with a few chips due to age on two of the flat beads. One bead is actually a pendant with holes along its top edge. Formerly Antiquity Item 114b, now Stone Item 114Mixed Brown, White and Black Fluorite Beads, Antique - S226bMixed Brown, White and Black Fluorite Beads, Antique - S226b$45.00Antique fluorite beads. Mixed sizes - 12-18mm. Stone Item 226b Mixed Faceted Bohemian Idar Oberstein Carnelian and Glass Beads - S161aMixed Faceted Bohemian Idar Oberstein Carnelian and Glass Beads - S161a$80.00Mixed Faceted Bohemian Idar Oberstein Carnelian and Glass Beads Smallest bead measures 28mm, longest bead in group measures 75mm long. Stone Item 161aPink Matched Jade Beads, Vintage, China - S166cPink Matched Jade Beads, Vintage, China - S166c$35.00Vintage Pink Jade beads, China. 3 strands available, 10mm beads. Stone Item 166c Pre-Columbian Stone Pendant - S029Pre-Columbian Stone Pendant - S029$275.00Pre-Columbian stone pendant. A treasure from Rita's personal collection of fabulous, ancient pendants. Almost 2 inches tall (48mm), and 33mm wide at widest point. Stone Item 029
Primitive Mixed Rock Crystal, Agate and Carnelian Beads, Strand, Mali - S430Primitive Mixed Rock Crystal, Agate and Carnelian Beads, Strand, Mali - S430$185.00Primitive Neolithic Mixed Rock Crystal, Agate and Carnelian Beads, Strand, Mali. Excavated beads found in the ground in Mali (not burial beads). Colors vary from pale orange to beige to white and gray. May have some granite. Worn with age. Beads range from 12-18mm diameter. 27 inches of beads (not counting raffia). These strands have a lot of depth of color. Some dark colors may be dirt and will clean off with gentle cleansing. Photo is representative of strands. Your strand will be very similar. Stone Item 430 Roman Era Carved Brown Stone Bead, Ancient - S246aRoman Era Carved Brown Stone Bead, Ancient - S246a$75.00Roman Era Carved Stone bead, unusual shape, nice detail. 20mm end-to-end. Needs new hole drilled into it. Stone Item 246aRound Matched White Polished Howlite Beads, with Gray Veining - S065Round Matched White Polished Howlite Beads, with Gray Veining - S065$45.00Round, matched, white, polished Howlite beads, with gray veining. 2 strands available, beads in either 15 or 17 mm size (17mm shown in photo). Stone Item 065 Six Agate Beads, Ancient - S247Six Agate Beads, Ancient - S247$100.00Ancient stone beads; hole is not thru in three of the six beads. Longest bead measures 28mm. Group of 6, price for all. Stone Item 247Stone Beads, Afghanistan, Ancient, 2500 BCE - S248Stone Beads, Afghanistan, Ancient, 2500 BCE - S248$125.00Ancient stone beads, Afghanistan. 2500 B.C.E. 3 available, please specify which you'd like on your order. Price per each. Stone Item 248
Stone Pendant, Ancient, Israel - S158eStone Pendant, Ancient, Israel - S158e$175.00Ancient Stone pendant, Israel. Holes on top. 27mm wide at widest point. Stone Item 158e Stone Pendant, Roman Era, Ancient, Israel - S158bStone Pendant, Roman Era, Ancient, Israel - S158b$200.00Ancient Stone pendant, Israel. Holes at top of pendant. Measures 36mm tall and 50mm wide at widest point. Holes are 8mm apart. Stone Item 158bTibetan Turquoise Bead, Ancient or Very Old - S211cTibetan Turquoise Bead, Ancient or Very Old - S211c$95.00Very old Tibetan turquoise bead, 16.6 grams on hold Stone Item 211c Tibetan Turquoise Bead, Very Old - S211bTibetan Turquoise Bead, Very Old - S211b$56.00Very old Tibetan turquoise bead, 14.1 grams Stone Item 211bVery Old Carnelian and Agate Mixed Strand of Beads, with Tabular Diamond Shapes, West Africa - S381$220.00Very Old Carnelian and Agate Mixed Strand of Beads, with Tabular Diamond Shapes, West Africa. A gorgeous strand of ancient mixed carnelian beads from Mali, West Africa. Beads are 200-500 years old or more. Lots of useful beads for earrings or necklace design. 55 beads on the strand, 20 of which are diamond shaped.Largest diamond shaped focal bead is 26x32mm. Lots of different shapes and shades. 28 inches of beads. Stone Item 381