Ancient Carnelian with Silver Mulberry Beads and Trapezoidal Agate Center Bead
Carnelian, Agate, Silver
The necklace is 18 ½ inches (47 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 31.8 gm.
A necklace of fifty-four round carnelian beads with a trapezoidal agate bead in the center. There are eighteen granulated silver beads separating groups of three carnelian beads and facing the center bead. Each silver bead is composed of thirty individual grains. The beading tips and clasp are also hand made from fine silver. The center bead is a flattened bi-cone 3.05 cm in length, 1.1 cm in width at the center and 4.5 mm wide at the ends. The bead is 7 mm in thickness at the center and 4 mm n thickness at the ends. The drill hole is 2 mm in diameter. The round carnelian beads are 6.5 mm in length and 7 mm in width at the center of the necklace and graduate in size towards the back. The smallest beads are 5 mm. The diameter of the drill holes in the carnelian beads are 1.5 mm- 2 mm. The silver beads are 6mm in length and thickness. Each is composed of five layers; the outer four layers are five ball rings. The central layer has an additional five grains arrayed around the central five ball ring, resulting in a star pattern when seen from the end. The beading tips are also decorated with a five-ball ring. The beads come from the Swat Valley in what is now northern Pakistan and are probably over two thousand years old.