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Ancient Faceted Rock Crystal Barrel Beads with Lapis Lazuli


Swat Valley


Rock Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 25 inches (64.1 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 150 gm.







A necklace of twenty-five large faceted and round rock crystal beads alternating with lapis lazuli beads somewhat irregular round shapes. The center bead is 3.75 cm in length, 1.85 cm in width at the center and 1.2 cm in width at the ends. The bead has been faceted into six equal sides so that the end is a hexagon. There are two more large diamond shaped crystal beads of similar size, but one has five sides and one has six. The back sides of these beads are flat and larger, the fronts are domed giving them a turtle shell-like shape. The bead with six sides is 3 cm in length, 2 cm wide at the center and 1 cm wide at the ends. The thickness of the bead is 1.2 cm. The drill hole diameter is 3 mm. The bead with five sides is 2.83 cm in length, 2.05 cm in width at the center and 1.05 cm in width at the ends. The bead is 1.33 cm in thickness and the drill hole diameter is 2 mm. The next set of longer beads are six sided, faceted in equal faces like the center bead. The larger is 2.45 cm in length, 1.6 cm in width at the center and 5 mm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 3mm. Its opposite is 1.95 cm in length, 1.5 cm in width at the center and 8mm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 2.2 mm. All of these five beads have drill hole that go about three quarters of the way through and are then met by a hole drilled from the other end. The remaining crystal beads are similar in size being 1.3cm 1.5 cm in length 8mm -10 mm in length and about 1 cm in width. The round beads that alternate with the long beads are from 1cm 1.5cm in width and vary in length from 6 mm 1.45cm. The lapis beads are roughly shaped to approximate spheres and vary from 1.3 cm - 5 mm in length and 1.7 mm - 1 cm in width. 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 beading tips and hook and eye clasp are fine silver.