Antique Ladakhi Three Strands Necklace, Turquoise, Coral, Silver, 80 Grams
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, India c. early 1900's
The fashion in Ladakh and western Tibet for wearing multiple strands of necklaces traces back to the 14th century.
This is a distinctively Ladakhi, Western Himalayas, type of necklace combining three strands of antique red coral beads. All the heirloomed coral beads show signs of extensive wear as coral beads are handed down from generation to generation.
The hand made silver spacer beads and coral falls from a three holed spacer bead.
At the middle each strand there is a fringe drop of four closed jasmine bud flowers, two silver flat focal beads and a round silver bead, and an antique turquoise bead (1.5 cm) with the smooth surface in the inside of the hole as a true signature of age.
The high grade silver chain at the top of the necklace is handmade and in tightly connecting loops. The necklace itself is strung on red string with a brass woven end. The S-hook closure is newer.
The necklace measures: 52 cm (20 1/2") long. There are 64 coral beads in all measuring approx. 5 mm each.
Strand No. 1 22 cm ( 9")
Strand No. 2 28 cm (11")
Strand No. 3 35 cm (12")
Weight: 80 Grams, (2.82 oz.)
Tested: High Grade Silver for chain and beads
I have not cleaned the necklace as the silver beads and chain have a lot of surface tarnish, but will polish up beautifully.