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Ancient Lapis Lazuli with Carnelian Bow Beads and Granulated Silver Beads


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Silver


The necklace is 18 7/8 inches (30 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 30 gm.







A necklace of eighty-eight lapis lazuli beads, five “bow-shaped” carnelian beads and two four sided triangular faced carnelian beads, with each of the bow beads faced with granulated silver beads. The granulated silver beads are composed of twenty-five grains. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are also fine (999) silver. The lapis lazuli beads are predominately disc shaped and graduate in size towards the back of the necklace. The largest ones are 7mm in diameter and 3mm in length and decrease to 5mm in diameter and 2.5 mm in length. There are about a dozen barrel shaped lapis beads interspersed throughout the graduated strand. The drill holes are from 1.5mm to 2mm in diameter. The color is uniformly dark blue and contrasts with the orange bow beads. The carnelian bow beads are 1.6cm to 1.8 cm in length and 8mm to 10mm in width at the center. The center bead, 1.7cm in length and 1.05cm in width at the center and 5mm in width at the ends, is the thickest at 6.5mm. The next pair back are almost identical in size, 1.5cm in length, 9mm in width at the center, 5mm in width at the ends and 6mm in thickness. The pair at the back are also almost identical in size: 1.75cm in length, 7.5mm in width at the center and 4mm in width at the ends and 5mm in thickness. All the bow beads have drill holes of 1.75mm diameter. There is a pair of carnelian beads at the very back of the necklace with four sides each of which is triangular. Each pair of opposing sides point the same way; the other pair face opposite. These beads are 6mm in length and 6mm in width at the base of each triangle.