Ancient Lapis and Carnelian Necklace with Three Bow Beads
Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, 20k gold
The necklace is 18 3/4 inches (47.6 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 23.5 gm.
A necklace of twenty-seven carnelian beads alternating with twenty-eight lapis lazuli beads. Three of the carnelian beads are large “bow” beads; the bottom side of these long flat beads are bulged outwards. The small carnelian beads are barrels and the lapis lazuli beads are cornerless cube beads. All the stone beads are separated with a granulated ring bead of 20k gold. Granulated gold beading tips and a hook and eye clasp complete the necklace. The “bow” bead in the center of the necklace is 3.8 cm in length, 1.12 cm in width at the center and 5.1 mm in width at the ends. The bead is 6.5 mm thick at the center and 3.5 mm thick on the ends. The drill hole diameter is 1.5 mm. The two beads to the side are almost identical in dimensions. They are 2.43cm and 2.45cm in length. They are 9 mm wide at the centers, 4.5 mm – 5mm wide at the ends and 5.5 mm in thickness at the centers. They are 3.5 mm in thickness at the ends. The drill hole diameters are 1.8 mm. The carnelian barrel beads graduate in size from the front of the necklace to the back. At the center of the necklace the barrel beads are 7.5 mm in length, 5 mm in width at the center and 3.3 mm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 1 mm. The smallest barrel bead at the back of the necklace is 5.5 mm in length, 5.1 mm in thickness and 2.8 mm in thickness at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 1.8 mm. The cornerless cube lapis lazuli beads also graduate in size. The largest is 5.5 mm in length, 4.8 mm in width and with a drill hole diameter of 1.5 mm. The smallest size is 4.5 mm in length, 3 mm in width with a drill hole diameter of 1.8 mm. The granulated 20k gold ring beads are 3.5 mm in diameter.