Ancient Faceted Crystal Beads with Lapis Lazuli (2)
Rock Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, Silver
The necklace is 21 ½ inches (54.7 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 76.4 gm.
A necklace of eighteen bi-conical faceted rock crystal beads, most with six sides. There are nineteen lapis lazuli beads beads of various shapes alternating with the larger crystal beads. The center lapis lazuli bead is 1.5 cm in length, 1.53 cm in width at the center and 1 cm in thickness. The flattened areas on each end are angled slightly so that the length at the top is about 1.2 cm. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. The lapis beads graduate in size towards the back of the necklace with the smallest ones being 6 mm in length and 5.5 mm in height with a thickness of 4 mm. The drill hole is 2 mm. The rock crystal beads ( with two exceptions ) are all faceted with six sides, and all have wider middles than ends although the proportions vary. They are equilateral in cross section except for the second beads back from the center: these are flattened which produces a diamond shaped bead with the sides angled and faceted into two planes. The largest crystal beads are 2.3 cm in length, 1.4 cm – 1.2 cm in width at the center and 7.8 mm wide at the ends. The drill hole diameters are 2 mm. The bead on the opposite side of the center lapis bead is 2.43 cm in length, 1.2 cm -1.43 cm in width, and 5.5 cm wide on the ends. The drill hole diameter is 2mm. The next set back are the flattened shapes: Length, 2.34 cm, width, 1.5 mm, thickness, 9 mm. End width, 6 mm. Hole diameter, 2 mm. The third set back are 1.55cm – 1.75 cm in length, 1.2cm – 1.25 cm in width at the center and 1.7 cm wide at the ends. The next pair back are six sided barrel shapes with the flat planes curving around the bead from end to end with no angle at the center: Length. 1.5 cm, width at center, 1 cm, width at ends, 3.8 cm. There are five more similar beads to the back of the necklace. The fifth pair back from the center are 2.5 cm – 2.15 cm in length, 1 cm in width at the center and 6 mm wide at the ends. The hole diameters are 3 mm. Each of these beads shows some end chipping on the back ends. The sixth pair are similar to the fourth. The seventh and eighth bead back are not faceted. They are 1.7 cm and 1.55 cm in length, 1.05 cm and 9.5 mm in width at the center and 3.5 mm wide on the ends. The drill hole diameters are 1.5 mm. The smallest beads at the very back are 1.25 cm in length, 8 mm in width, the second is 7mm – 9 mm in width at the center and 4 mm wide on the ends. Drill hole diameters are 1.5mm – 2mm. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are fine silver.