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Ancient Lapis Lazuli Beads with Carnelian Bicone Center


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Silver


The necklace is 21 inches (54.5cm) in length. The necklace weighs 56.5 gm.







A necklace of seventy-seven lapis lazuli beads with a large bi-conical carnelian bead at the apex. The carnelian bead is faced with a pair of granulated silver beads. The lapis lazuli beads graduate in size towards the back of the necklace. The pair of round beads on either side of the carnelian bead are 8.5mm in length and 1cm in diameter with drill holes 2mm in diameter. The smallest beads at the back of the necklace are 4mm in length and 5mm in diameter. The drill hole diameters are 2mm. Many of the beads have large holes, some as large as 3mm. The centerpiece of the necklace is the large carnelian bi-cone bead with a striking combination of warm yellow and orange. It could easily be mistaken for amber. It is faced with two granulated silver beads. Each is composed of ten granules in a star pattern. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are also fine silver (999).