Ancient Agate Necklace with Gold and Gold Capped Bow Bead
Agate, 20k gold
The necklace is 16 ¾ inches (42.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 15.3 gm.
A necklace of thirty small agate barrel beads and three larger flat agate beads the center being a “bow” bead. These three are capped on the ends with gold and there are sixteen flared gold tubes and ten double granulated ring beads spacing the stone beads. There is a very small granulated ring bead spacing the ends of the gold caps from the agate bead next to it. Gold beading tips provide the loops for attachment to an “S” hook, the center of which has been decorated with three rings, two made of granulation. The agate barrel beads are 5 mm to 8 mm in length and 3 mm to 5mm in diameter. The flat agate beads at the sides are 2 cm and 2.15 cm in length. They are 8 mm in width at the center, and have a thickness of 5 mm. The “bow” bead is 2.2 cm in length, 1.18 cm in width and 4 mm in thickness. The hole diameters are 2 mm. The colors are light brown, opaque white and transparent quartz. These beads are two thousand years old.