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Ancient Lapis Lazuli Graduated Round Beads and Granulated Vermeil Spacers


Swat Valley


Lapis Lazuli, Silver plated with 24k gold


The necklace is 27 inches (69 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 30 gm.







A necklace of one hundred thirty-two round lapis lazuli beads alternating with one hundred thirty-one vermeil (gilt silver) granulated spacer beads. The lapis lazuli beads graduate in size to the back of the necklace. The center bead is 6.3 mm in length and 8 mm in width. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. The smallest lapis bead is 3.2 mm in length and 3 mm in width. The drill hole diameter is 1 mm. The beads are slightly oblate and not true spheres. This is deliberately done to make the strands look less spindly when strung together on a cord. This is a very sophisticated manipulation of perception to fool the eye and make the beads look more substantial than they would if they were made to be true spheres. The lapis lazuli beads are spaced with granulated beads formed by fusing five granules together to make a ring. There are one hundred thirty-one of these. The beading tips repeat the motif with granulation around the base. The clasp is a hook and eye. All the silver work has been gilded with 24k gold.