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Ancient Lapis Lazuli Necklace with Crystal Beads and Silver Spacers


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Rock Crystal, Silver


The necklace is 17 5/8 inches (44.7 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 25 gm.







A necklace of sixty-two lapis lazuli beads, five rock crystal beads and twenty-four granulated silver beads with fine silver beading tips and hook and eye clasp. The lapis beads are arranged in groups of three beads, a long bead in the middle flanked by two shorter beads. Each of these groups is separated by a granulated silver bead. Three of these groups separate each of the rock crystal beads. The center rock crystal bead is flat on one side and domed on the other and is 8mm in thickness. It is 2.05 cm in length and 1.75cm in width. The diameter of the drill hole is 2.5mm.The remaining four crystal beads are 5mm 6mm in length and 8mm-9mm in width. The diameter of the drill holes on these smaller beads is 1.5mm 2mm. The lapis lazuli beads graduate in size from the front of the necklace to the back. The width of the center beads is 5.5mm and the width at the back is 4.5mm. The barrel beads are mm 9mm in length and the facing beads are 3.5mm 4mm in length. The holes are around 1mm in diameter. The beads are about two thousand years old and come from the Swat Valley area of present day northern Pakistan.