Ancient Lapis, Carnelian, and Gold with Lapis Spoon Pendant
Carnelian, Lapis Lazuli, Turquoise, 20k gold
The necklace is 18 1/8 inches (46 cm) in length. The necklace weighs 15.5 gm.
A necklace of carnelian, lapis lazuli, turquoise and gold beads. A spoon shaped lapis lazuli bead faced with two gold bicone beads is at the center of the necklace. There are sixteen cylindrical gold tube beads alternating with modules of turquoise discs faced with carnelian, and carnelian and lapis lazuli cylinder beads spaced with pairs of granulated gold ring beads. A set of gold beading tips and a hook and eye clasp complete the necklace. The gold is 20k. The center lapis pendant bead is 1.22 cm in height and 1.09 cm wide. It is 4 mm in thickness and the drill hole diameter is 1.6 mm. There is an incised groove 9 mm in diameter that surrounds the concave center of the pendant bead which is not usually found on spoon pendant beads. The gold bicones are 4.5 mm in length and 4.2 mm in width. The lapis and carnelian cylinder beads are 3.8 mm in diameter and 5 mm – 8.5 mm in length. The lapis beads have drill hole diameters of 2mm and the carnelian beads 1 mm. The carnelian beads show some whitening due to burial. The gold tube beads are 8 mm in length and 3 mm in diameter. The turquoise discs and the carnelian beads that face them are 3mm in diameter. The carnelian beads are 2 mm in length and have drill holes of 2mm. The turquoise discs are 1 mm in length and have drill holes of 2 mm. All the stone beads are ancient. The carnelian cylinder beads may be two thousand years old and the lapis and turquoise and small carnelian beads may be four thousand years old (based on form and drill hole diameters).