Very rare Mayan aventurine pendant bead. Aventurine was used extensively by the ancient Maya, and aventurine is often found on Mayan necklaces, mixed with jadeite. You can imagine the appeal of this sparkle! If you ask yourself, does it REALLY have that much sparkle, the answer is YES! More. Excellent condition. Double top to back drilling.
16mm x 19mm wide
Very rare for its fine crafting, its size, and its beautiful stone matrix, this bead may be Mezcala Culture in origin or, possibly Olmec. Quite certainly it falls into the 2000+ y/o category. The colors on this bead are rare and stunning; the stringing hole is large and deeply conically drilled.
20mm in diameter
Extremely rare Tairona Culture, jade bird amulet. This amulet is in excellent condition. It does have a small unpolished area on the back of the amulet, that may be an old "ding", or simply an area that was not polished, when the bird was fashioned. This piece has wonderful color and polish.
27mm x 15mm
Conical or volcano shaped bead, from either the Mezcala or the Olmec Culture. Nobody seems to know for sure, how these types of beads were used. Some people think they were part of a Pre-Columbian ear ornament, but is possible that they had uses that we don't quite understand. This bead is well formed. The stone material is atypical, in that it is somewhat "sandy", and likely somewhat softer than the more typical river stones. The color is that of a deep green olive. Excellent condition.
32mm in diameter at the base; 18mm high, and 20mm in diameter at the top
Rare Mayan jadeite axe head pendant bead, with two high quality Mayan jadeite beads. All three beads are sculpted of very high quality Mayan jadeite, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. All three pieces had a fine jadeite polish and patina, and excellent stringing hole wear.
The pendant measures 21mm x 10mm; the beads each measure 7mm in diameter.
Pre-Columbian jade matrix bead, sourced in what is now Western Mexico, and likely from the Colima Culture. 2000+ years old. The bead has an excellent polish, and ancient stringing hole wear. There is a moderate amount of surface wear, as can be seen in the photos.
17mm in diameter
Very cleanly sculpted, Mezcala Culture tubular barrel bead. This greenstone bead has a wonderful ancient patina, paired with superb ancient stringing hole wear. Perfect condition
12mm x 10mm
Rare shaped, Mezcala Culture tubular spotted greenstone bead. This bead has a shape that is suggestive of an ear flare, but, judging from the stringing hole wear, it more likely was used as a bead. The bead has a beautiful ancient patina, deep conical drilling, and smooth stringing hole wear. Excellent condition.
14mm in length
Large Mezcala Culture donut shaped bead. This contours of this bead have been beautifully softened with age and use. The bead has deep conical drilling and an excellent ancient patina.
20mm in diameter
Very large Olmecoid(200 BC or older), wedge shaped spotted greenstone bead. This bead suggests great antiquity and wear, in its style, stringing hole types, and smooth stinging hole wear. The stringing holes have been visibly enlarged over time by wear. Excellent condition.
28mm x 22mm
Very beautiful blue/green Mezcala Culture disc bead. This unusual shaped beads are actually very attractive in necklaces, when used with some other large beads. The beautiful color of this bead, was actually hard to capture, but the first photo is quite accurate. Excellent condition.
27mm in diameter
Rare in size, and with good green color, Mezcala Culture disc shaped bead. Unlike the Olmecs, and later the Maya, the Mezcala Culture did not seem to make many large disc shaped beads. This chunky bead is in very good condition.
22mm in diameter
Rare top and end drilled, Mezcala Culture pectoral or pendant bead. This bead would have been worn at the front of a strand, or may have been worn singly. It is also possible that other beads were strung hanging down from this bead. I'm sorry that the photos do not entirely do this bead justice, as the stone material from which it is crafted, is exceptionally fine. The bead is VERY green, the spots are extremely fine, and there is a very fine high polish. Excellent condition.
16mm x 12mm
Beautiful and rare, sage green Mezcala Culture tubular jade bead. This is a gorgeous bead, with a very satiny jade patina and wonderfully smooth ancient stringing hole ends.
21.5mm in length
Large high quality Olmecoid tubular bead. This bead is fashioned from a very hard mottled green quartz-like material. It has typical Olmecoid oversized stringing holes, with smooth wear. Excellent condition.
23mm x 16mm
Large blue/green Olmecoid, possibly Mezcala, tubular bead. This bead has significant quartz veining. It is not cracked, but there is a fissure in the stone material, on one side of the bead. Excellent ancient patina, and excellent condition.
Ceremonial Mayan axe jadeite pendant bead. This axe pendant bead has two extra holes, which always denotes ritual or ceremonial use. It is well sculpted from a very high quality green/gray jadeite, and was sourced in the Highlands of Guatemala. Excellent condition.
44mm x 22mm
Beautiful and very ancient jadeite bead. This bead, judging from its patina and stringing hole wear, is likely Pre-Classic, either Maya or Olmec. The color is a blue/green/gray, with exceptional ancient patina and smooth stringing hole wear. Excellent condition.
21mm x 17mm
A powerfully carved face made with 5 deeply grooved lines topped by a strongly shaped brow. This piece is made with beautifully classic mescala green stone material. 39mmx36mmx14mm.
This is a gorgeous stone carved maskette of beautiful color and large size. The face is ultimately simply carved yet a very powerful piece. It shows a beautiful polish and has an interesting aborted drilled hole. 44mmx43mmx18mm thick.
This unusual mescala pendant is made with a softly mottled jasper like stone in tan/brown tones. It is carved to represent a bird like figure, but also has a human image that is reminiscent of a camahuile figure. It is back drilled to allow for a full frontal display that would hang beautifully as a center piece, or alone, for a necklace. 48.5mmx28.5mmx18mm thick.
Strong features on this masquette, carved from a lovely mottled tan/brown stone material. Drilled front to back. 33mmx20mmx14mm thick.
Classic mescala spotted jaguar stone was used to make this delicate face, lightly carved, or worn away from use. Drilled from top to back. 25mmx25mmx13mm thick.
Very rare, true round, mottled blue Mayan jadeite, sourced in Guatemala. The surface of this bead is hard and smooth, but slightly dry from excavation and possible cleaning. Excellent condition.
19mm wide-25mm diameter.
Triangular in shape, semi-translucent greenstone mixed with quartz material, this is a finely made pre-columbian bead. Fine example of conical drilling. A smooth highly polished stone. 25mm long by 16mm on a side.
Beautifully patterned stone material that is from the mescala, or possibly older Olmec, culture. It is conically drilled but clearly they tried going all the way through from one side, then had to come from the other side to meet the hole. Unusual in that they usually are drilled evenly between the side. 20mm- 32mm- 18mm.
Blue Jade is a truly stunning color esteemed by the Nicoya Culture from around 300AD in Central America. The jade comes from the Matagua Valley in Guatemala and who carved these fabulous beads is not really known. The workmanship is superb. 34mm-19mm-16mm.
This stone bead is glass-like with beautifully colored inclusions. The ends are evidence of long wear. This was a highly coveted bead. 15mm-20mm
Perfectly shaped greenstone bead from the Mescala culture from 300AD. 13mm-17mm.
This is Nebaj style Maya jade. It is shaped in a triangular shape that adds balance and dimension to a necklace. Beautiful patina. 15mm-19mm-15mm
Long slender tubular beads are a rare find in the world of Mesoamerican beads. Clearly, the difficultly of drilling them, and their lower survival rate, contributes to this. This is a beauty, and in excellent condition.
47mm x 10mm
Large Pre-Columbian Greenstone or Jadeite bead. This bead may well be an "impure" jadeite, as it has a hard jadeite type polish, and beautiful coloring. The bead was sourced in Central Mexico. Excellent condition.
26mm x 16.5mm
Beautifully colored Olmecoid greenstone bead, sourced in Southern Mexico. Excellent condition.
32mm x 15mm
Beautifully colored Mayan jadeite bead, sourced in the Guatemala Highlands. This bead was excavated and still has some clinging bits of excavation dirt. This can be removed it desired. Excellent condition.
22mm x 15.5mm
Gorgeously colored Pre-Columbian jadeite bead, from Southern Mexico. This bead has light surface erosion from burial, but has a beautiful polish to go with its lovely coloring and shape.
15mm x 15mm
Another rare long slender Pre-Columbian greenstone tubular bead from Central Mexico. This one is a beautiful olive green color, and in excellent condition.
51mm x 11.5mm
Beautiful Mayan greenstone disc bead, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. This bead is crafted from a very jade-like stone, with beautiful coloring and a fine polish. The drilling style is typically Mayan. Excellent condition.
16.5mm x 18.5mm
Pre-Columbian Mayan greenstone disc bead, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. Excellent condition.
17mm x 9mm thick
Pre-Columbian Mayan Jadeite Bead, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. This bead was made from a relatively 'impure' form of jadeite. Excellent condition.
Pre-Columbian Blue Jadeite Bead, from the Nicoya Culture, 300AD. This bead has light surface wear, but is in entirely solid condition.
10 High quality Pre-Columbian Mezcala Culture Beads. These beads have good shape and color, and excellent condition.
the sizes range from 8mm to 10mm in diameter
Spectacular Mayan jadeite bead, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. This beautifully crafted bead is almost perfectly round, and fashioned from a beautiful speckled green/gray jadeite. Excellent condition.
25mm in diameter
Rare Mayan amulet pendant bead, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. This appears to be an avian figure. There is a second drilling hole on one side of the piece, which most likely other beads or totems where hung. This was likely a piece belonging to a shaman. It is crafted from beautiful green Mayan jadeite. Excellent condition.
37.5mm x 27mm
Very high quality Mayan green jadeite bead, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. This bead has beautiful color, and a fine, hard jadeite polish. Excellent condition.
29.5mm x 20mm x 14mm thick
Beautifully colored, and semi-translucent, Mayan tubular bead. The bead is crafted from a semi-translucent form of serpentine. It has a fine polish and is in excellent condition.
Pre-Columbian Mayan amulet face pendant. Faces with large round eyes, and an almost "extra-terrestrial" look are not uncommon among Mayan pendants and pectorals. This one is crafted of a very nice quality Mayan green jadeite. It has a beautiful polish and is in excellent condition.
33mm x 27mm
Pre-Columbian Mayan jadeite tubular bead. This deep forest green jadeite tube is typical of Mayan beads that come from the area of the Ixil Triangle, in the Guatemalan Highlands. Excellent condition.
28mm x 17mm
Mezcala Culture animal figure amulet bead. This is a very rare bead that comes from what is now the State of Guerrero, Mx; I have seen very few like it. It is crafted from beautifully colored spotted greenstone, and is in excellent condition.
27mm x 18mm
Apple green jadeite is amongst the rarest of Mayan jadeites. Only Imperial Jadeite is considered more desirable. This is a beautifully colored bead in a wonderful tabular form. It has light surface wear, but is generally in excellent condition.
26mm x 17mm
Very high quality Olmecoid Tubular bead. This bead is crafted from a very high quality hard greenstone, or possibly an more impure form of jadeite. It is very hard, has a nice polish and excellent color. Excellent condition.
49mm x 15mm
The quality and color of jadeite in this bead, is nothing short of amazing. The pictures clearly show that. This bead was almost surely used as "herencia" or inheritance. This is a custom where part of a very special jade bead is cut off, and given to one or more of the children, either when they come of age, or at marriage. Today's Maya still practice this custom, and this bead seems to be evidence that the practice went as far back as the Olmec.
34.5mm x 12.5mm
Pair of dark blue/green jadeite tubular beads, from the area that is now Southern Mexico. These beads are very well matched for color and shape. One is a little longer than the other. Excellent condition.
23m x 13mm & 27mm x 13.5mm
Beautifully colored Olmec greenstone bead. This bead shows classic Olmec core drilling technique. The photos reveal that this bead has some cracks. It is entirely solid, and could easily be strong for another 2000 years.
18mm in diameter
Beautiful high quality Mayan Jadeite pectoral bead. This bead makes a beautiful centerpiece for a necklace. It is crafted from a very high quality green jadeite, and is side and back drilled. This bead has an exceptionally fine high polish. Excellent condition.
41mm x 23mm
Beautiful quality Mayan Jadeite necklace bead, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. This bead has beautiful color and a fine polish. Excellent condition.
18.5mm x 15mm
Pre-Columbian Mayan Jadeite bead, sourced in the Ixel Triangle area of the Guatemalan Highlands. Excellent condition.
15mm x 14mm
Pre-Columbian Mayan Jadeite bead, sourced in the Ixel Triangle area of the Guatemalan Highlands. Excellent condition.
17mm x 14.5mm
Pre-Columbian Mayan jadeite amulet pendant. The ancient Maya loved amulets, as do the contemporary Mayan peoples. The amulet is crafted of a very beautiful light apple green jadeite. A face is carved in the lower part. I do not know the significance of the shape. There is a hairline crack near the top; it has not been repaired, and is totally solid. The amulet has a very beautiful polish that does not show in the photos.
33mm x 19mm
Beautiful Pre-Columbian Mayan jadeite bead. Although this form of bead is common among Mezcala beads, it is the only Mayan bead of this shape that I have seen. It is finely crafted from a beautiful light green apple jadeite. Excellent condition.
19mm in diameter at the base & 12mm in height
Pre-Columbian Mayan deep green/blue Greenstone bead, sourced in the Ixel Triangle area of Guatemala. This bead has surface iron, likely from burial. Very good condition.
18mm x 13mm
Beautifully matched pair of Mayan greenstone tubular beads.The stone material is a moss green aventurine/serpentine type, with some aventurescence. This is a stunning and rare pair of beads, either for incorporating into a necklace or as a collectible. Excellent condition.
68mm x 10mm and 67mm x 11mm
Spectacular Mayan Blue Jadeite tubular bead. Without doubt this bead was crafted for a person in high standing, and was likely worn as a single pectoral piece. The color is a beautiful light opaque blue, with a fine polish. The condition is excellent.
85mm x 18mm
Large and very high quality Mayan deep green jadeite bead. This bead has a high polish, conical drilling, and is in excellent condition.
39mm x 32mm
Rare 20 inch necklace of Mayan jade beads. The necklace contains a mixture of pure green jadeite beads, aventurine beads and serpentine beads, all of which are referred to as jade by today's Mayans. Clearly all these wonderfully green stones were revered by the Pre-Columbian Maya as well. The centerpiece is a rare Mayan amulet face bead. The face bead measures 22mm x 12mm. The disc beads(mostly pure jadeite) average 8mm in diameter. The longer tubular beads measure 13-15mm. This is a beautiful and rare collection of beads, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands.
All of the beads are in excellent condition
Large Mayan Black Jadeite bead, sourced in the Guatemalan Highlands. Excellent patina and stringing hole wear. Fine Condition.
23mm x 14.5mm
This beautiful pendant or pectoral piece is crafted of extremely high quality jadeite. The color approaches that of Apple or Imperial Jadeite. This piece may have been intended to be carved into a mask or face bead. It is absolutely stunning, just as it is, and will make a wonderful centerpiece.
24mm x 23mm