Antique Peruvian Necklace of Sodalite, Turquoise, and Three Crystal Center Beads
Sodalite, Turquoise, Rock Crystal
The necklace is 25 inches (63.5cm) in length. The necklace weighs 231 gm.
A massive necklace of twenty sodalite barrel-shaped beads, four turquoise disc beads and three large barrel-shaped rock crystal, (quartz), beads at the center. The rock crystal beads are 2.1cm, 2.2cm and 2.3cm in length. They are 2.2 cm, 2.3 cm, and 2.25cm in width. The taper slightly so that on the ends they are 1.9cm -2.0cm in width. The drill holes are 1.2 cm- 1.4cm in diameter at the surface and taper to negative cone shapes which meet in the middle of the bead. The interiors of the drill holes have traces of red pigment. There are four large turquoise disc beads separating the crystal beads: The largest is an oblate round bead 1.6cm in length, 1.9cm in width and with a drill hole diameter of 7mm at the surface. The other three are 1cm in length, 1.8cm in width and with drill holes of 5mm. The blue sodalite barrel-shaped beads are slightly graduated in size from the front to the back: the largest is 2.85cm in length, 1.6cm in width at the center and slightly tapering to 1.3cm in width at the ends. The drill hole diameter is 5.5mm. The smallest sodalite barrel-shaped bead is 1.4cm in length, 1.15cm in width, and has a drill hole diameter of 5.5mm. The three rock crystal beads at the center of the necklace are massive and spectacular. They appear to be very old but at present we do not know from which Andean culture in Peru they originate.