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Ancient Lapis and Carnelian Beads with Gold Caps




Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, 20k gold


The necklace is 28 3/8 inches (72 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 40 gm.







A necklace of sixteen gold cylindrical collared tube beads alternating with cylindrical beads of lapis lazuli and carnelian. The lapis lazuli and carnelian beads alternate. Each stone bead is faced with two disc beads of the opposite color; the carnelian tube beads are faced with lapis lazuli disc beads and the lapis tubes are faced with carnelian discs. Each pair of facing beads is separated with a granulated gold ring bead, thirty-two in all. The seven carnelian tube beads are fitted with gold caps, the ends of which extend out from the cylinders to form collars. The center bead is 2.25 cm in length (including the caps) and 5 mm in diameter. The collars are 6.5 mm in diameter. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. The beads decrease in length and diameter towards the back of the necklace: Length 2.09 cm, diameter 4.5 mm,The carnelian disc beads are 2 mm in length and 3.5 mm in diameter with drill holes of 1.5 mm in diameter. The lapis lazuli beads are 1.2 cm to 1.78 cm in length and 4.5 mm in diameter. The diameters of the drill holes is 3mm. The small lapis beads are 3mm in length and 4 mm in diameter with drill holes of 2.8 mm. A set of beading tips and a hook and eye clasp complete the necklace. The cylinders that form the cups of the beading tips are also collared to match the gold caps on the carnelian tube beads. A stirrup of flattened wire is attached to the cylinder on its sides and curves around the open end. This forms the attachment loop for the clasp. The gold is 20k.