Ladakh Necklace, Himalayan Necklace, India Necklace, High Grade Silver, 48cm (19″), 133 Grams
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, India vitage beads necklace, strung in the traditional Ladakhi style with red cotton. The fashion in Ladakh and western Tibet for wearing multiple strands of necklaces traces back to the 14th century.
This distinctively Ladakhi, Western Himalayas type of necklace combining three strands of salmon natural barrel coral, turquoise focal stone, silver spacer beads and a fringe of drops of closed champakali (jasmine buds).
"Turquoise, coral and amber were highly valued jewellery materials in Ladakh, which had close ties with Tibetan culture. Turquoise was considered "a living, perishable stone that shared its wearers' altimate fate; it symbolized the vitality and mortality - of man."
The hand made silver spacer beads have a bezel setting with an alternate coral or turquoise stone.
The center turquoise has a smooth surface and wear around the stringing holes as true signature of age.
The high grade silver chains of tightly connecting loops at the top of the necklace are relatively new as is the S-hook closure.
The necklace measures: 48 cm (19″) long.
There are 21 coral beads in all measuring approx. 10mm middle row, and 5mm top row, 10 large spacer beads each stamped 900, and has a very full heavy fringe of 28 closed stylized jasmine buds.
Strand No. 1 22 cm ( 8 1/2")
Strand No. 2 23 cm (9")
Strand No. 3 28 cm (11")
Weight: 133.5 Grams, (4.710oz.)
Tested: High Grade Silver for chain and beads