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Ancient Milky Quartz, Agate, and Lapis Lazuli Barrel Beads with Silver


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Agate, Silver


The necklace is 18 inches (47 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 15.3 gm.







A necklace of twenty-eight lapis lazuli cylinder beads and thirteen agate and milky quartz barrel and cylinder shaped beads. Each of the stone beads are separated by a fine silver granulated spacer bead. The beads come from the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan from the time two thousand years ago when that area was part of the larger trans Himalayan Buddhist culture. The lapis lazuli beads are cylindrical and range from 1.35 cm in length and 4 mm in diameter to 6 mm in length and 3.5 mm in diameter. The drill holes are 2 mm down to 1 mm in diameter. The milky quartz beads are irregular barrel shapes and thin cylinders: the largest is 1.5 cm in length, 6 mm in width at the center and 3 mm in width at the ends. The smallest is 9.5 mm in length and 3.5 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 1 mm. There are forty granulated silver beads, each composed of five granules, that alternate with the stone beads. The clasp and beading tips are also made from Fine (999) silver.