Wow - this is an fabulous seven-strand assemblage necklace of coral and silver (with a few little glass beads thrown in) from Yemen in the Middle East. This necklace is spectacular -- measuring a whopping 45 inches long! The little coral beads are gorgeous, and there's a number of very intriguing silver beads throughout. The silver beads are an 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 big attraction this piece (and its sister necklace, available here) is it's overall "wow" factor. Put it on and you're already made 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 -- approximately 45 inches long. Total weights is 369.9 grams. The coral beads are all a little different size, but the ones toward the center measure between 5-6 mm in diameter, while the ones towards the top measure more in the 4-5 mm range.
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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