Ancient Red Jasper with Turquoise and Gold Bicone Beads
Red Jasper, Turquoise, 20k gold
The necklace is 18 3/8 inches (46.6 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 13.5 gm.
A necklace of twenty five red jasper bicone beads, each faced with a pair of 20k gold bicone beads, alternating with groups of three turquoise disc beads. A set of gold beading tips and a hook and eye complete the necklace. The red jasper bicone beads range in size from 6.5 mm in length to 4 mm in length. The width at center on the largest bead is 6.3 mm. The smallest diameter is 3.5 mm. The drill hole diameters are 2 mm. The gold bicone beads also graduate in size: Largest bead length 6.5 mm, width 5.4 mm, smallest 4 mm length, width 3.5 mm. The turquoise disc beads are 3 mm in diameter and 1 mm – 1.5 mm in length. The drill hole diameter is 1 mm. The turquoise and jasper beads are Bronze Age from about four thousand years ago. The jasper beads show wear with some surface chipping. Two of the beads have chipping at the drill hole which would cause them to hang crooked. Gold tubes have been inserted into the holes to alleviate this.