Wow - this is an fabulous six-strand assemblage necklace of coral, silver, shell and other beads from Yemen in the Middle East. This necklace is really spectacular, with gorgeous small coral beads, as well as a really interesting mix of high-quality and lower quality silver beads, which (as described below) are in a variety of conditions, from very nice to damaged. But the really wonderful thing about this necklace (like it's sister, available here) is it's overall "wow" factor. Put it on and you're ready to make a statement!
Because there's so much to describe in this necklace, we've taken a number of pictures. The first thing to recognize is that this is a long necklace -- almost 38 inches long! Total weights is 320.8 grams. The coral beads are all a little different i size, but measure 4-5 mm in diameter on average.
The necklace is beautiful, but there is definitely some damage to the individual components -- we don't think these "flaws" detract from the overall aesthetic of the necklace, but we still want to point them out:
We don't know a lot about the provenance of this necklace, but it seems to us to be a traditional wedding assemblage of beads, perhaps from the Beduin peoples that live in the mountains of Yemen. The necklace could certainly be worn as-is. However, it is strung on cotton cord, and certainly a modern stringing job would be warranted (which we could do for any additional $150).
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