Antique Sri Lanka Necklace, Sri Lankan Necklace, Sinhalese, Ceylonese Necklace, 59 Grams
The jewellery of Sri Lanka constitutes a distinctive subgroup within the context of Indian ornamentation.
Quote: "The eclecticism and technical virtuosity shown in the jewellery of the regions are simply inconceivable. Is it not said that Sri Lanka is "the tear of India"? The granulation and filigree attain perfection in this beautifully wrought necklace".
This is a 19th century to early 20th century, very well worn silver necklace from Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon) and from the old capital city of Kandy in the island's central highlands.
The center oval bead and four faceted bicone graded in size open end beads are joined by interlocking, ending with two cone beads.
The Sinhalese necklace is decorated with fine filigree, silver granulation and twisted silver wire. The filigree decoration is very basic on these beads. The center oval bead is copper with silver plating. The other beads and chain tested 90 - 92.5 % silver approx.
The necklace has 18 cm (7") silver side chain extensions with herringbone plaited cords with a large 3.5 cm (1 1/2") "S" clip for closing.
The necklace is in good condition but with signs of extensive wear. I have not cleaned the necklace and there is quite some surface residue that can be removed.
This type of Sri Lankan necklace is very hard to find today with the seven beads.
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Weight: 59 Grams (2.045 oz.)
Center Bead Width: 2.5 cm (1")
Center Bead Height; Depth: 2.5 cm (1")
Necklace length: 64 cm (25")
Length of Bead Section: 25 cm (10")
Length of Chain Ends: 18.5 cm (7 1/4")