Western Asiatic Gold, Carnelian and Turquoise Beaded Necklace

£ 250.00

A restrung Western Asiatic necklace made of numerous tiny gold ring beads, evenly interspersed with six pairs of cylindrical beads of carnelian and turquoise. It features a pendant-like formation at its centre with a barrel-shaped carnelian bead and a flanged rhombic gold pendant, decorated with a dome on both sides and at its bottom vertex, which is slightly smaller. The necklace ends in a spherical carnelian bead with a material loop for attachment.

Date: 1st Millenium BC - 1st Millenium AD
Provenance: Ex Japanese private collection, deceased, 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine condition, the necklace has been restrung. Minor chips to the gold pendant.


Product Code: NES-144
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Many grand civilisations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity are witnessed by the very sophisticated precious metal crafting of jewellery. Gold would have been hammered down to a thin layer and manipulated into different shapes, with gold and silver jewellery featuring gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Their fine detailed craftsmanship was later adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.

Carnelian is a translucent variant of chalcedony, and ranges in colour from light orange to dark brown. Its slightly softer feature makes it ideal for carving. The colour of stones was important in antiquity, with some varieties considered, through sympathetic magic, to increase fertility, ease childbirth, and provide relief and protection from afflictions (such as scorpion bites, stomach ailments, and eye disease). Written sources list a host of powers attributed to stones, for instance protection against the evil eye, the guarantee of safe travel, a better understanding of rhetoric, and even victory in court. In ancient Greece and Rome, carnelian in particular was believed to enhance passion, love, and desire.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Weight 5.2 g
Dimensions L 46.5 cm
Semi-Precious Stone

Carnelian, Turquoise




Near East (Western Asiatic)

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