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Ancient Black Agate Barrel Beads Alternating with Black Agate Pendants and Vermeil Spacers


Swat Valley


Agate, Gold plated Silver


The necklace is 22 inches (57.3 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 35.5 gm.







A necklace of thirty agate barrel beads and twenty-seven agate pendant beads alternating with vermeil (gilt silver) granulated beads. The barrel beads and pendants graduate in size from the front to the back of the necklace. The largest barrel beads are 1 cm in length, 6.6 mm in width at the center and 4 cm in width at he ends. The drill hole diameter is 1.8 mm. The smallest is 8.2 mm in length, 5 mm in width at the center and 3 mm wide at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 1.5 mm. The largest pendant bead is 1.85 cm in height, 5.5 mm in width and 6 mm in thickness at the bottom. The pendant tapers at the top to 3.2 mm in width and 4 mm in thickness. The diameter of the drill hole is 1.5 mm. The smallest pendant is 9 mm in height, 3 mm in width and 3.4 mm in thickness. The beads are black with some dark brown zones and banding and with parallel bands of thin white lines. The vermeil beads contrast with the black beads. These beads have been made by fusing fifteen grains into three rings of five each. The inner ring is made of grains that are nearly twice the size of the outer rings giving a bi cone shape. The beading tips repeat the motif. The clasp is a hook and eye. The beads are probably over two thousand years old and come from the Swat Valley of what is now northern Pakistan.