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Ancient Lapis Lazuli Beads with Peg Pendant


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 19 1/2 inches (49.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 33.7 gm.







A necklace of ninety-one lapis lazuli beads, of round shape, with a center pendant bead with peg like shape that tapers slightly towards the top. The pendant bead is 1.7 cm in height, 8.8 mm wide at the base and 6.3 mm wide and 4 mm in thickness at the top end. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. The round largest bead at the center is 7.5 mm in length and 7.5 mm in width. The beads graduate in size towards the back with the smallest bead being 4 mm in length and 3.2 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 2 mm. The lapis lazuli beads are very blue to dark blue in color. There are large iron pyrite inclusions in the pendant bead which are shiny and reflect a dull gold color. Iron pyrite is commonly called “fools' gold.” 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.