Ladakh Necklace, Himalayan Necklace, 48cm (18″), 185 Grams
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir State, India c. early to mid 1900's beads, recently restrung necklace 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 is a distinctively Ladakhi, Western Himalayas type of necklace combining three strands of salmon natural coral, turquoise focal stones, silver spacer beads and a fringe of drops of closed champakali (jasmine buds). All the heirloomed coral beads show signs of extensive wear as coral beads are handed down from generation to generation.
The smooth deep sea green turquoise beads could be what is known as 'Chalk Turquoise' is not actually chalk; it is a form of low quality natural turquoise or could dyed synthetic Howlite turquoise beads.
"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 with a floral unit are very well made and heavy but all silver components tested LOW grade silver. The beads do polish up nicely.
The silver chains (tested no silver content) of tightly connecting loops at the top of the necklace are relatively new as is the S-hook closure. The necklace has recently been re strung for stability. With this type of necklace the closing ends were originally of textile, and over time have to be restrung for hygienic reasons and silver chains are added.
The necklace measures: 45 cm (18″) long.
There are 15 coral beads and has very full heavy fringe of 23 closed stylized jasmine buds.
Weight: 185 Grams, (6.515 oz.)