Antique Sri Lanka Necklace, Low Grade Silver Gilt Beads, 94 cm (37″), 75.5 Grams
RARE: Very hard to find Sir Lankan beads.
This is a late 19th or early 20th century, low grade silver gilt necklace from Sri Lanka, (formerly Ceylon) and from the old capital city of Kandy in the island's central highlands.
The necklace has twenty filigree open work beads which are joined by curb link chains.
The Sinhalese necklace is decorated with filigree, silver twisted wire with end caps on each bead for linking.
The silver gilt beads and chain tested for a low grade silver - 50 - 80% as this has been done to give extra weight to the beads for hanging. The gold gilt has mostly worn off the beads and tested at 10 kt approx.
The necklace would have looked stunning with the original heavy gilding.
There is no clip for closing because of the length 94 cm (37") as the necklace just slips over the head
The necklace is in good condition. I have lightly cleaned the necklace only as to not rub off the remaining gilt as there was some surface residue, but the beads will now not polish to a high shine without taking away the remaining gilt.
It is the beautiful execution of the filigree beads that is to be admired.
This type of Sri Lankan necklace is very hard to find today.
Weight: 75.5 Grams (2.660 oz.)
Bead Length: 1.5 cm
Necklace length: 94 cm (37")
Length of Curb Link Chains: 2.5 cm (1 1/8")