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Ancient Rock Crystal and Lapis Necklace with Mountain Goat Crystal Bead


Swat Valley


Rock Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, 20k gold


The necklace is 18 inches (45.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 24 gm.







A necklace of seventeen rock crystal beads spaced with three lapis lazuli beads. The crystal beads are faced with 20k gold granulated ring beads. The center bead is carved in the form of an animal, perhaps a mountain goat, as there are indications of back curving horns. The pendant is 2.3 cm from nose to rump and 1.7 cm tall. It is 7 mm in thickness and the drill hole diameter is 2.2 mm. The rock crystal beads are 1.1cm 1.3 cm in length, 7.5 mm in width, tapering to 4 mm in width on the ends, with drill hole diameters of 2 mm. The beads are cut with six facets going lengthwise. There are two 6mm round crystal beads at the back of the necklace. The fifty-four lapis lazuli beads graduate in size towards the back of the necklace. The largest or 4.5mm 5mm and the smallest are 3 mm in width. The drill hole diameters vary with the widths of the beads, from 1mm to 2mm. There are thirty-four 20k granulated ring beads. There are twenty-two smaller sized ones (3 mm) and twelve larger sized (4mm). 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. They were probably made about two thousand years ago. The granulated ring beads, beading tips and hook and eye clasp are all 20k gold.