Glass beads are not in my field of expertise. However I would like to display the few ones I have.

Multi colored glass beads

The beads in
my collection
are now for sale

through bead ID
for price


GLB  1  -  12 * 8 * 4 mm  -  14 * 9 * 4 mm
Kaushambi - Allahabad UP -


The illustration is taken from the book: "Indian Beads" - A Cultural and Technological Study - Shantaram B. Deo p. 143 It shows beads excavated from Kausambi, Uttar Pradesh, Early historic period. Note the similarity between the two beads on my scan and the bead displayed in the low right corner of the photo from the book.

Ancient blue glass beads


GLB  2  -  Average size: 6 * 3,5 mm - SOLD
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Wonderful deep blue colored glassbeads with stripes. Greater India - probably Maurian Period 300 B.C. - 100 A.D.
Note the similarity between these wonderful beads and the bead displayed in the low left corner of the illustration from the previous mentioned book "Indian Beads".

A bead expert told me with absolute certainty that the beads displayed below with the red dot in the middle were from the Islamic Period 800 - 900 AD.

GLB  3  -  Disk beads: 9 * 2 mm
Eyebeads from the early classical period

However - as you can observe in the illustration below from "Indian Beads" (p.142) an identical bead (no 3 in the upper row) was excavated in Kausambi (and Rajghat) from sites belonging to the Early historic period.


The differing perspectives on the origins of the beads highlighted in this discussion serve to underscore the inherent uncertainty that frequently surrounds ancient artifacts. Questions persist about their origin, authenticity, and potential duplication. An intriguing example of such debate can be found on , where an engaging discussion revolves around the small blue glass beads adorned with white stripes.

In this discourse, the participants exercise a level of 'humility', recognizing that none possess absolute certainty or definitive knowledge about these beads. As an outsider and self-proclaimed non-specialist in beads, I have often been taken aback by the sheer conviction with which some bead experts stake their claim to the truth.

The difficulty often arises from the inherent human tendency to desire resolution and clarity. The unknown can be unsettling and admitting that we simply don't know can sometimes be challenging. Yet, there is an undeniable allure to these unanswered questions. What could be more captivating than a mystery bead? Each unanswered question, each unknown facet, adds another layer to the allure, transforming these objects into captivating puzzles, waiting to unfold their secrets. In the end, the quest for knowledge and understanding is a journey, not a destination, and in this journey lies the beauty of discovery.

Ancient white, green and red striped glass beads


GLB  4  -  Average size: 10 mm

Banded glass beads
Largest piece: 12 mm - smallest piece: 8 mm 
Early historic period - most probably Maurian - 300 B.C. - 100 A.D.

The ancient glass beads displayed above were made before the days of mass production. They vary greatly in terms of size,  shape, art and color. Each one of them has a 'soul' of their own. Note that you can find the quite rare beads with the red stripes on the above illustration from the Indian Bead book. (third in the middle row)

Ancient black glass beads

GLB  5  -  Note the similarity to beads in the illustration from Indian Beads
  10 * 8 mm 12 * 8 mm 11 * 6 mm 10 * 5 mm  


Ancient colored striped glass beads


GLB  6  - 
  15 * 8 mm 15 * 8 mm 17 * 7 mm  

Colored glass beads from the Early Historic period  B.C.

11 * 4 mm                   9 * 5 mm

9 * 6 * 3 mm
GLB  7  - 


These Pyu glass beads are made in resemblance of the typical Burmese jade.

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16 * 5,5 mm
GLB  9  - 

Ancient Persian glass beads


GLB  10  - Average 16 mm








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