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Graduated Strand of Round Lapis Lazuli Beads with Drop Pendant (2)


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 19 3/8 inches (49.3 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 20 gm.







A necklace of one hundred seven-nine lapis lazuli beads, of round shape, with a center pendant bead with peg like shape that tapers slightly towards the top. The pendant bead is 1.3 cm cm in height, 6.9 mm wide at the base and 5 mm wide at the top end. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. The round largest bead at the center is 4.5 mm in length and 5.5 mm in width. The beads graduate in size towards the back with the smallest bead being 4 mm in length and 4.2 mm in width. The drill hole diameters are 2 mm. These beads come from the Swat Valley in what is now northern Pakistan, between the Indus River and the Karakoram Mountain range to the north. The beading tips and hook and eye clasp are fine silver.