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Ancient Black Agate Round Beads with Center Pendant


Swat Valley


Agate, Silver


The necklace is 25 1/8 inches (64cm) in length. The necklace weighs 41 gm.







A necklace of one hundred six round agate beads with a pendant bead at the apex faced on each side by a granulated silver bead. The pendant is 1.16 cm in height, 7 mm wide at the base from side to side and slightly wider, 7.4mm, from front to back. The base is slightly rounded. The top is flat and is 4mm in diameter. The drill hole is 2mm in diameter. The round beads graduate in size towards the back of the necklace. The largest at the front is 6mm in length and 7.3 mm in width. The smallest at the back of the necklace is 3.2mm in length and 5mm in width. The drill holes are all 2mm in diameter. Roughly half the beads are black with white hemispherical banding, but there are also white, brown gray, and clear beads, with and without banding. The beads come from the Swat Valley in what is now present day Pakistan. They are about two thousand years old. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are fine silver.