Antique Peruvian Necklace of Carnelian, Turquoise, Labradorite, and Silver
Carnelian, Turquoise, Greenstone, Labradorite, Silver
The necklace is 25 ¾ inches (65.4 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 193.5 gm.
A necklace of forty-four stone beads and eight spherical Fine (999) silver beads. The stone beads are as follows: One large barrel-shaped carnelian bead in the center position, 3 cm in length, 2.3cm in width at the widest side and 1.55 cm in width on the flattened side. The drill hole is 5mm at the surface There are fifteen turquoise disc beads; the two at the center are 6mm in length and 1.6mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 5mm – 7mm at the surface. There are ten green stone disc beads 5mm – 7mm in length and 1.7 cm in width at the largest and 3.5mm in length and 7mm in width at the smallest. The drill hole diameters are 5mm. There are three bright green barrel-shaped beads- one is 7mm in length, 1.5 cm in width and with a drill hole of 5mm. The other two at the back of the necklace are 8.4mm in length, 1.12cm in width, and 7mm in length, and 1.2cm in width. They have drill holes of 3.5mm. There are seventeen labradorite barrel-shaped beads. The largest is 1.7 cm in length, 1.5 cm in width at the center and 1.22cm at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 6mm. The smallest is 1.22cm in length, 1.20 cm in width. The drill hole diameter is 4.2mm. The large silver beads are 1.95 cm in length, and 2cm in width. The two small silver beads are 8mm in length and 1 cm in width. 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.