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Ancient Round Crystal Beads with Lapis Lazuli


Swat Valley


Rock Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 16 3/8 inch (41.7cm) in length. The necklace weighs 58 gm.







A necklace of thirty-one round or slightly oblate rock crystal beads alternating with disc beads of lapis lazuli. The largest bead at the center is 1.4 cm in length and 1.5 cm in width. The diameter of the drill holes is 1.5mm-2mm. The smallest crystal bead is 7mm in diameter. The lapis lazuli disc beads are narrow, 3.5-2.3mm and graduate in width from 6.8mm at the front to 4.8mm at the back. The rock crystal ranges from very clear to milky or cloudy translucency and some beads show internal fractures which produce optical effects. The drilling is mostly straight through with holes of 2mm diameter, but a few of the beads have holes drilled from both sides that meet about two thirds the way through. These seem to be the ones where the hole has gone off center and the drilling from the other side is an expedient to correct the deviation. The beads are about two thousand years old and come from the Swat Valley of present day northern Pakistan. The clasp and beading tips are fine silver.