Ancient Banded Black Agate and Granulated Mulberry Silver Beads
The necklace is 16 5/8 inches (42.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 20 gm.
A necklace of thirty-eight black and white agate barrel shaped beads alternating with granulated silver beads. The largest barrel bead at the center of the necklace is 1 cm in length, 6.2mm in width at the center and 4mm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 1.5mm. The beads graduate in size towards the back of the necklace. The smallest barrel bead at the back is 6.5mm in length, 3.8mm in width, drill hole diameter of 1.5mm. The two beads at the very back of the necklace are straight cylinders, unlike the barrel shapes of the rest of the necklace. These two beads are not ancient; they are the product of Idar-Oberstein and are modern. They have been put into the necklace for purposes of comparison. The silver beads are composed of ten small grains and five larger grains. There are thirty-seven of them. The beading tips and the hook and eye clasp are also fine (999) silver. The beads are two thousand years old and come from the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan.