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Ancient Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, and Quartz Crystal Bead Necklace


Swat Valley


Rock Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Silver


The necklace is 26 3/8 inches (67.2 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 68.0 gm.







A necklace of eighteen carnelian bi-cone beads, each faced with a lapis lazuli bead alternating with seventeen rock crystal beads of mostly faceted bi-cones but with the center bead and the last two beads being spherical. The center bead is 1.8 cm in diameter with a drill hole diameter of 3 mm. Three of the rock crystal beads have a purple color being a pale amethyst. The first two back from the center bead are very pale, having a length of 1.5 cm and a width of 1.1 cm. The rock crystal beads graduate in size towards the back of the necklace. The carnelian beads also graduate in size towards the back. The longest bi-conical or tapered barrel shaped bead is 2.3 cm in length, 9.5 mm in width at the center and 4 mm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 2mm. Its opposite on the other side of the center bead is similar in proportion but shorter being 1.8 cm in length, 9.2 mm in width at the center and 4.5 mm wide at the ends. The thirty-five lapis lazuli beads are rounded, short cylinder shapes, from 5 mm in length and 8 mm in width to 3.5 mm - 4 mm in length and 4.5 mm in width. There is an agate bead to the right of the center bead that is 6.2 mm in length, 8.2 mm in width and with a drill hole diameter of 1.8 mm. The similar shapes of the rock crystal and carnelian beads and the very regular alternation of the colors frames the large round center rock crystal bead well. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are fine silver.