Ancient Lapis Lazuli Necklace with Carnelian and Chalcedony Barrel Beads
Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Silver
The necklace is 16 ¾ inches (42.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 46.5 gm.
A necklace of thirty-four round lapis lazuli beads and five long barrel shaped carnelian beads each of which are faced with a granulated silver bead. Two of the carnelian beads are figured with bands of opaque white and translucent clear quartz. The center bead is slightly flattened, oval in cross section. The center bead is 2.6 cm in length, 1.15 cm in width at the widest point, 9mm thick and has a drill hold diameter of 1.5mm. The long bead on the right side of the necklace in the photograph is 3.4 cm in length, 1.09 cm in width at the center and 5mm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 1.5mm. The long bead on the opposite side of the necklace is 3.8 cm in length and 9.8mm in width at the center and 4.5mm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 1.5mm. The darker bead to the back of this one (left side of the photograph) is 2.25 cm in length, 9.3mm in width at the center and 6mm wide at the ends. The hole is 1.5mm in diameter. Its opposite in the necklace, (carnelian with quartz banding), is 2.8 cm in length, 9.5mm in width at the center and 6mm in width at the ends. The diameter of the drill hole is 1.5mm. The lapis beads at the center of the necklace are 1 cm in diameter and 7mm-8mm in length decreasing in size to 5mm in diameter at the back of the necklace. The drill holes are 1.5mm-2mm in diameter. The beads are from the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan and are about two thousand years old. The beads and beading tips and hook and eye clasp are all fine (999) silver.