Ancient Red Jasper Tabular Beads with Lapis Lazuli and Gold
Red Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, 20k gold
The necklace is 27 ¾ inches (70.5 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 23.7 gm.
A necklace of fifty-eight red jasper beads (fifty-three are round tabular beads and five of the very smallest are discs) alternating with fifty-nine dark blue cylindrical tube beads of lapis lazuli. There are one hundred sixteen gold granulated ring beads, each having five granules. A set of gold beading tips and a hook and eye clasp complete the necklace. The lapis lazuli tubes are 4.5 mm in diameter and 6 mm in length, graduating down to 3 mm in diameter and 3.2 mm in length at the back of the necklace. The drill hole diameters range from 1.8 mm to 2.4 mm. The red jasper tabular beads range from 6 mm in length, 6 mm in width and 3.5 mm in thickness to 3.5 mm in length, 3.5 mm in width and 2 mm in thickness. The drill holes range from 2 mm to 1 mm. There is some damage to some of the thin walls on the top and bottom sides at the drill hole on a few of the beads. Four of the beads have a gray incrustation on parts of them from burial. There are also a few that have some whitening from exposure to alkali in the soil. The beads may be Bronze Age (2500 BC) but it is more likely they are from 500 BC – 500 AD. Sets of matching jasper beads are rare; carnelian is much more typical.