Featured Tibetan Jewelry is it Real or Fake

Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by Desertau, Jul 8, 2024.

  1. Desertau

    Desertau Well-Known Member

    I’ve been telling my wife what a knowledgeable group this is and fantastic resource. She has this necklace she got from a friend who got this in Tibet she doesn’t know if it’s real but since 90% of the stuff is fake she suspects this could be too.

    the second one is a necklace my wife made out of a few beads she also suspects are not real, I’m sure someone here will know for sure.

    First necklace.
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    These three beads.
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  2. daveydempsey

    daveydempsey Moderator Moderator

    The coins are Indian, close to Tibet by border.
  3. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I see cowrie shells and maybe betel nuts too. The amber could be real amber. They could be Tibetan or Nepalese for all I'd know.
  4. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I like the necklace your wife made.
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  5. Desertau

    Desertau Well-Known Member

    You seem well versed in nuts are you familiar with any of these in this trail mix of nuts and seeds? IMG_2024-07-08-135059.jpeg
    thank you she will really appreciate that.
  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    Always better to start a new thread for different items....

    your wife necklace is lovely ..... but is it real of fake????
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  7. J Dagger

    J Dagger Well-Known Member

    I see some Hediao and maybe the largest bead is a sea bean?
  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    Rudraksha seeds, some of them? A couple look like chestnuts.
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  9. Desertau

    Desertau Well-Known Member

    The bracket is olive pits
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  10. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    I see such beads described as carved peach pits, but have always had my doubts.
  11. Desertau

    Desertau Well-Known Member

    A friend from Beijing gave me that I have the artists card, it is some special olive pit ideal for carving, the more it’s worn and touched the shiner the beads get.
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  12. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    A friend from Beijing gave me that I have the artists card, it is some special olive pit ideal for carving,

    Hummm..... that kind of information would be really appreciated right out of the gate....

    Specially when you know what it is all along !

    We're all giving of our time and expertise to help members when they are at a loss to identify their precious items.

    This is an easy way to turn off members from being helpful..... as we don't cotton very much to playing games.....when we don't know it's a game !:meh:
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  13. Desertau

    Desertau Well-Known Member

    I’m sorry not my intention to play any games, I’ve no reason to do that I’d kind of just added that in as an afterthought my main interest the first two necklaces and if the beads were fake or not not so much what they were, but are they real.

    I see now that was confusing adding those in without thinking it all the way through, It was more sharing with evelyb30’s because of the comment about the nuts on the first necklace I’ll be more careful, the scolding much deserved my trail mix comment a bit too esoteric.
  14. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    The first necklace is a modern mix of Tibetan inspired, Nepali and tribal Indian. As a necklace it isn't attributable to any country or ethnicity.

    I don't know if you want to know what the beads are made of?
    Real as in material? Or as in Tibetan origin?
    Could you post a closeup of the beads?
    Last edited: Jul 9, 2024
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  15. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I see Chinese heidao beads and Hindu-Buddhist rudraksha beads.

    The mala bracelet is not a style I know, and could be a modern mix.
  16. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    No betel nuts. Betel nuts are smooth and too big to go on that necklace. I used to know the name of those nuts, I have them on a Nepali monk's mala, but can't remember now,

    Two types of betel nut:

  17. Desertau

    Desertau Well-Known Member

    Well, I believe the beads are real material, I don’t believe everything is natural or altered to look what it isn’t. So not knowing these sit in a box not useable.

    The dark brown spot on the larger amber bead my wife believes is heated to give that look but if it is natural she could pass it on to a friend same with all of it. The necklace purchased in Tibet are the components Tibetan and is it just an assembled tourist trinket, which I think you said.

    my wife won’t even gift something she thinks might be deceptive.
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  18. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I have trouble understanding you sometimes, which could lead to misunderstandings.
    For instance I don't understand what you mean by this:
    I guess you have the same with me.;) Because I never said this:
    I am trying to find out what you want to know about the necklace and beads you posted, because 'real' can mean several things.

    If you want to find out if the yellow beads are amber, copal, a phenolic resin type bead, or something else, you can test them.
    The easiest test is to shine a UV light on them. You can buy cheap UV flashlights, they do the job.
    If you do, could you post photos here?
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  19. Desertau

    Desertau Well-Known Member

    I think it is really hard to tie knots like that, for me anyway so I’m always amazed watching it being done. A lady in Shanghai strings pearls for my wife this is one she did with fresh water pearls I think looks very difficult but I don’t really know anything about how it’s done IMG_2024-07-09-052148.jpeg
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  20. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    That is so sweet.:)
    It isn't difficult, but you need a lot of patience, and it needs to be done very precisely.
    I used to do beading with microbeads. Mostly in the style of antique beaded handbags, so historic floral motifs, except I beaded hair barettes and appliqués.
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