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Graduated Strand of Round Lapis Lazuli Beads with Drop Pendant (3)


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 18 7/8 inches (48 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 26.8 gm.







A necklace of ninety-seven lapis lazuli beads, of round shape, with a center pendant bead with peg like shape that tapers slightly towards the top. The lapis lazuli beads are very blue to dark blue in color. The pendant bead is 1.62 cm cm in height, 6.5 mm wide at the base and 5 mm wide at the top end. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. There is wear at the drill hole which narrows the top from side to side to a width of 2.5 mm. The round largest bead at the center is 6.2 mm in length and 7 mm in width. The beads graduate in size towards the back with the smallest bead being 4 mm in length and 3.8 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 2 mm. These beads come from the Swat Valley in what is now northern Pakistan, between the Indus River and the Karakoram Mountain range to the north. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are fine silver.