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Triple Strand of Ancient Garnet Beads with Five Round Agate Beads and Silver


Swat Valley


Garnet, Agate, Silver


The necklace is 26 inches (66.3 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 142 gm.







A necklace of three strands of ancient garnet beads which are gathered together at five points by five spherical agate beads with white banding. Three of these have lines that encircle the bead and two have banding that goes lengthwise. This produces concentric circles on opposite sides which can be read as eyes. The largest of these agate beads in the center of the necklace is 1.43 cm in diameter with a drill hole diameter of 2 mm. The four remaining beads are 1.2 cm in diameter. Each of the five round beads are faced with a granulated silver bead that is composed of ten granules fused together in a star pattern. The garnet beads graduate in size from the front of the necklace to the back. Most of these are spherical but there are some irregularly shaped beads of larger size towards the center of the necklace. Some of these are up to 1 cm in length. There are also oblate beads that are nearly 1 cm in width. The smallest beads are about 3mm in length and 5mm in width. The drill hole diameter is 2 mm. There are three hundred sixty-five garnet beads in the necklace. The massed garnet beads recall the interior of a pomegranate fruit. The beads are probably around two thousand years old. They come from the Swat Valley area of what is now northern Pakistan.