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Ancient Rock Crystal and Lapis Lazuli Beads with Handmade Silver Clasp


Swat Valley


Rock Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 16 5/8 inches (42.3 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 74.5 gm.







A necklace of twenty-one rock crystal beads and twenty-two lapis lazuli beads. The rock crystal (clear quartz) at the center-point is a bi-conical shape that had been drilled through the side instead of from point to point. The bead is 1.7cm in length, 1.65cm in width (from point to point) and has a drill hole diameter of 2mm. To the left is a five sided melon bead 1.25 cm in length, 1.5 cm in width with a drill hole diameter of 3 mm. There are several corner-less cube shaped beads as well as as round, oblate and longer six-sided shapes. There is a natural crystal, a rectangular solid that has been drilled to make a bead. At the back is a small crystal pendant bead, 5mm in length and 1 cm in height. The rock crystal beads alternate with spherical shaped lapis lazuli beads. The largest is 1.15cm in length and 1.3mm in width. The smallest is 5mm in length and 6mm in width. The drill hole diameters vary from 1mm to 2.5mm.