Ancient Agate Graduated Round Beads with Agate Barrel Center Bead
The necklace is 19 ½ inches (45.9 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 30.5 gm.
A necklace of seventy-eight round agate beads with an agate barrel bead at the center. The center bead is 3.55 cm in length, 9 mm in width at the center and 4.5 mm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 2mm. The round beads graduate in size to the back of the necklace. The largest is 7 mm in length, 7.3 mm in width and the drill hole is 1.3 mm in diameter. The smallest bead is 3 mm in length and 4.6 mm in width. Most of the beads are slightly oblate being wider than they are in length. The center bead is a flawless specimen with beautiful banding that includes clear white quartz, milky quartz, light brown and beige colors as well as dark brown and black. The round beads have been selected to match these colors with light and dark brown colors predominant. There are two granulated silver beads to either side of the center bead. They are composed of ten grains fused to form a star pattern (when seen from the side). The hand made beading tips and hook and eye clasp are also made from pure silver (Fine 999). The beads are probably over two thousand years old and come from the Swat Valley in what is now northern Pakistan.