AUD $120.00

Ancient Beads, Mixed Necklace.

A restrained blend of Ancient Persian and Bactrian beads, mainly in many shades of blue, blacks, greys, a few greens and others, with some very gently coloured.
Whilst nearly all of these are old, many are very old and some are ancient dating back to the first and second millenium B.C.
Sourced some years back in Pakistan and Afghanistan, most will have originated in Persia (or present day Iran.)
The central feature is a baked grey “faence” ball with grooves cut into its sides, rather like an Indian “melon cut” bead. Others are various stones, lapis and very old glass (and a few newer ones like the tiny yellows.)

Our rule of thumb is that paler, more matte or textured stones are more weathered and therefore older, whilst shinier, more brightly coloured ones tend to be younger.
When threading I usually remove any beads that have worn out and have become too fragile.

But don’t be rough with them they’ve lasted thousands of years, in some cases, so are due a bit of respect.

I also pick out newer substitutes or fillers, but leave the occasional one in for their contrast.
Generally the “richer” the mix, with a higher percentage of older stones, the higher the price.

The “S” hook I’ve used is sterling silver, so are all the fittings, the tubes are “Karen” from Burma. These are relatively new and consequently a slightly shiny, (they’ll darken) but will be worn at the back of the neck, and therefore out of sight, until then.

Designed to be worn short around about the collar bone to show off its simplicity.

For strength I’ve specifically used Tiger Tail, to thread them, so don’t scrunch it or it will kink.
I tend to deliberately thread a litle tight to compensate for the inevitable stretching that eventually occurs during normal wear.
Don’t pull on it as this will increase the stretch unnecessarily.

Some of these stones may be porous, so don’t expose them to solvents, chemicals or grease as it may change colour accordingly. Gym and showering might be overdoing it too.

Age: A mixture including old and very old, back to around 2,000 b.c.

Size: L 480 mm, including clasp.

Weight: 31 grams.