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Ancient Lapis Lazuli Beads with Handmade Granulated Silver Beads


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Silver


The necklace is 22 inches (57.3 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 40.5 gm.







A necklace of eighty-six lapis lazuli beds alternating with with eighty-seven granulated silver beads. The lapis lazuli beads graduate in size from the front to the back of the necklace. The largest is 8.5 mm in length and 1 cm in width. The smallest is 3.5 mm in length and 4 mm in width. The diameters of the drill holes are 1.8 mm- 2 mm. The beads are slightly oblate; the beads are perceived to be round when strung on a cord together. This makes the strand look more solid. This feature of the beads has been utilized in the design of the necklace. Forty-six of the granulated silver beads have been made so that eight grains are arranged around an inner ring. This makes the spacer bead wider so that it perfectly fits in the space between the slightly shortened spheres. As the beads graduate to 5 mm it is unnecessary to use the inner ring and beads with six of the same size grains can be used to make the spacer beads. A silver clasp and beading tips completes the necklace. The beads are over two thousand years old. Lapis Lazuli was mined in Afghanistan since the early Bronze Age and was traded throughout the ancient world to as far away as ancient Egypt.