Ancient Large Tabular Sardonyx Bead with Lapis Lazuli and Gold
Lapis Lazuli, Sardonyx, 24k gold
The necklace is 15 ½ inches (39.4 cm)in length. The necklace weighs 47.5 gm.
A necklace of thirty-five lapis lazuli beads spaced with 24k gold double layer granulated ring beads with a tabular sardonyx bead at the center. Gold beading tips and a hook and eye clasp complete the necklace. The sardonyx is carnelian veined with transparent and opaque white quartz. It is a Bronze Age bead from present day Afghanistan or Pakistan over four thousand years old. There is a much worn broken edge on the top. The bead has not been reground. The bead is 2.5 cm in length, the width is 2.63 cm, the thickness is 7.1 mm and the drill hole is 3 mm. The lapis beads are short cylinders with rounded edges 6.8 mm in length, 8 mm in diameter and drill holes of 2mm diameter to 4.2 mm in length, 5 mm in diameter (drill hole 2 mm). The gold ring beads also graduate in size from 6 mm diameter to 4 mm.