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Ancient Tabular Crystal Beads and Lapis Lazuli with Handmade Silver Clasp


Swat Valley


Rock Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 17 inches (44.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 44.5 gm.







A necklace of forty-eight lapis lazuli beads, fifteen of which are tabular, and fifteen tabular rock crystal beads. The center bead is a rectangular solid, 1.8cm in length, 1.5cm in wsidth, and 8.2mm in thickness. The drill hole diameter is 2.5mm. The next crystal bead to the left is tabular 1.5cm in length, 1.35 cm in width and 7.4 mm in thickness. The drill hole diameter is 2.4mm. The following tabular rock crystal bead is flat on one side and rounded on the other. It is 1.25 cm in length, 1.75 cm in width and 9.2mm in thickness. The first tabular lapis lazuli bead, to the left of center, is 9.5mm in length, 9mm in width and 4mm in thickness. The drill hole diameter is 2mm. The small lapis lazuli beads facing the center bead are 3mm in length and 4mm in width. Drill holes are 2mm. Th last crystal bead at the back of the necklace on the right side is the only bead that is not flattened. It is a rectangular solid 1.75 cm in length, with two opposite sides angled so that it is widest , 1.8 cm, at the center. The thickness at the unangled parallel sides is 1.68 cm. There is a chip out of one side; the drill hole is chipped as well resulting in an angled end. Because this bead is at the back of the necklace, it does not affect how the necklace hangs on the neck. The beads come from the Swat Valley area of what is now northern Pakistan and are at least 2,000 years old. The clasp and beading tips are Fine (999) silver.