Antique Peruvian Necklace of Carnelian, Turquoise, Labradorite, and Agate Beads
Carnelian, Labradorite, Agate, Turquoise, Silver
The necklace is 23 ¼ inches (59 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 179.5 gm.
A necklace of beads from Peru with three large barrel-shaped carnelian beads, thirteen labradorite barrel-shaped beads, three carnelian disc beads, twenty-four turquoise disc beads, one labradorite disc bead and seven round or oblate agate beads. The labradorite barrel-shaped beads are faced on either end by a turquoise disc bead; these modules are alternating with a carnelian bead between each one. The large rounded barrel-shaped carnelian beads are 2.5cm - 2.66cm in length, 2.25cm – 2.45cm in width and have a drill hole diameter of 6mm at the surface. The labradorite barrel-shaped beads are 1.5cm - 2.1cm i9n length, 1.1cm -1.22cm in width and have drill hole diameters of 4mm-6mm at the surface. The turquoise disc beads are varying in size: the largest at the center are up to 1m in length. The smallest is 3mm in length; most of them are about 5mm. The width of the discs at the center of the necklace is 1.5cm. They graduate in size to 1cm in width at the back of the necklace. The beads are said to be from Peru but at present we do not know from which Andean culture they originate. The oldest culture, the Chavin, originated four thousand years ago. Later, the Moche in the north and the Wari in the south both formed distinct cultures. More research will be needed for us to place the origins of these beads more precisely.