Vintage Indian Silver Snake Chain Necklace, High Grade Silver, 5mm, Round, 87 Grams
Vintage, dating from early to mid 20th century, genuine, solid woven, high grade silver - (92.5%) flexible snake chain necklace, from Rajasthan, Northern India. This is the older type of handmade chain, not the newer machine made chains that are readily available these days and has a fine tightly braided weave.
The technique used to make this type of Indian silver snake chain is that the finished closely braided silver strands of wire were drawn through a draw plate, becoming condensed and smooth. Through wear over the years it becomes smooth and supple.
It has a decorated 'S' hooked closing and a wonderful patina, the segments of silver herringbone pattern of the weave have worn smooth. The chain that constitutes the necklace is solid silver and not hollow, so that the item has a balanced weight on the neck - at 87 grams it is quite heavy.
There are no breaks in the silver wire chain. You can see from the listing photos how the necklace has been beautifully executed.
I have not cleaned the necklace as there is silver tarnish - but will polish up beautifully.
Width: 5 mm (3/16")
Weight: 86.8 Grams (3.060 oz.)
Length: 47cm (19")
Tested: High Grade Silver (92.5%)