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Ancient Lapis, Carnelian, Rock Crystal and Agate Necklace of Various Shapes


Swat Valley


Rock Crystal, Lapis Lazuli, Carnelian, Agate, Silver


The necklace is 21 inches (54.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 122.5 gm.







A necklace of forty-one stone beads of various sizes and shapes. There are seven rock crystal beads, fourteen lapis lazuli beads seven carnelian beads and thirteen agate beads all from the Swat Valley area of northern Pakistan. The beads graduate in size from the center to the back of the necklace. The center rock crystal beads is 2.9 cm in length, 1.88 cm in width and and 1.6 cm in thickness. The diameter of the drill hole is 2.3 mm. The small round white agate bead at the back is 7 mm. The beading tips and clasp are Fine (999) silver. We like to design necklaces with repeating modules of matched sets of colors and shapes and with geometric compositions. However, in the ancient world, having the luxury of designing such highly structured necklaces was probably restricted by economics and the availability of special materials to only the very highest levels of society. The necklaces of beads worn by most people were probably somewhat random arrangements of miscellaneous sizes shapes and materials. The aesthetics of these arrangements took a back seat to the protective power that wearing the beads afforded. This necklace is more in line with what would have been worn by most people in ancient times. But this necklace is actually far from random in its arrangement of sizes shapes and colors and is carefully graduated in size and balanced in shapes and colors to give a pleasing and harmonious composition.