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Ancient Red Jasper Tabular Beads with Lapis Lazuli and Gold




Red Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, 20k gold


The necklace is 27 inches (70.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 23.7 gm.







A necklace of fifty-eight red jasper beads (fifty-three are round tabular beads and five of the very smallest are discs) alternating with fifty-nine dark blue cylindrical tube beads of lapis lazuli. There are one hundred sixteen gold granulated ring beads, each having five granules. A set of gold beading tips and a hook and eye clasp complete the necklace. The lapis lazuli tubes are 4.5 mm in diameter and 6 mm in length, graduating down to 3 mm in diameter and 3.2 mm in length at the back of the necklace. The drill hole diameters range from 1.8 mm to 2.4 mm. The red jasper tabular beads range from 6 mm in length, 6 mm in width and 3.5 mm in thickness to 3.5 mm in length, 3.5 mm in width and 2 mm in thickness. The drill holes range from 2 mm to 1 mm. There is some damage to some of the thin walls on the top and bottom sides at the drill hole on a few of the beads. Four of the beads have a gray incrustation on parts of them from burial. There are also a few that have some whitening from exposure to alkali in the soil. The beads may be Bronze Age (2500 BC) but it is more likely they are from 500 BC 500 AD. Sets of matching jasper beads are rare; carnelian is much more typical.