Double Strand Choker of Ancient Agate, Carnelian, Turquoise, and Lapis
Agate, Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, 20k gold
The necklace is 12 9/16 inches (31.8 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 23.3 gm.
A choker style necklace of two connected strands of twenty cylindrical carnelian tube beads faced with turquoise disc beads, eighteen gold tube beads faced with lapis lazuli beads, alternating with eight tabular carnelian beads and five square flat agate spacer beads with two drill holes. There are fifty-four gold granulated ring beads in the necklace (diameter 2.7 mm). A braided cord fitted with a slide allows the necklace to be drawn up snug around the neck; the slide is made from a rhomboid shaped quartz bead with a gold cap and a round lapis lazuli bead faced with granulated gold ring beads. The agate spacer beads (clockwise from upper right in the photograph) have the following dimensions: (1.) Height 1.22 cm, width 8.5mm, thickness 5 mm, drill hole diameters 2 mm. The holes are 5 mm from center to center. (2.) Height 1.4 cm, width 1.05 cm, thickness 5mm, drill hole diameters 2 mm. The holes are 6mm from center to center. (3.) Height 1.35 cm, width 1.1 cm, thickness 6.8 mm,drill hole diameters 2 mm. The holes are 7.2 mm from center to center. (4.) Height 1.3 cm, width 1.06 cm, thickness 5 mm, drill hole diameters 1.9 mm. The holes are 6 mm from center to center. (5.) Height 1.24 cm, width 1.05 cm, thickness 4.5mm, drill hole diameters 2 mm. The holes are 6.2 mm from center to center. The cylindrical carnelian beads are 9 mm in length (the pairs on the ends are 7mm) and 3.5 mm in diameter with drill hole diameters of 1.8 mm. The cylindrical gold tubes are 6.9 mm in length and 2.5 mm in diameter. The gold is 20k. There are thirty-six small lapis lazuli beads that face the gold tubes; these are 3 mm in diameter and 1mm -2mm in length. There are forty small turquoise disc beads that face the carnelian tube beads; these are 2.5 mm in diameter and 1.6 mm in length. There are eight tabular carnelian beads 7.5 mm in diameter and 3.2 mm in thickness. The drill hole diameters are 1.3 mm. The round lapis lazuli bead in the slide is 5.4 mm in diameter. The drill hole diameter is 2mm. The quartz bead in the slide is 1.18 cm in length, 1.2 cm in width, 4 mm in thickness and has a drill hole diameter of 2.5 mm. The stone beads in the necklace are two thousand years old. The quartz bead in the slide is from the Bronze Age and is four thousand years old. Choker style necklaces have been worn since the archaic period.