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Over the years I have collected many silver jewelry and carvings that I thought were interesting. This necklace is one of them . I showed to a friend who thinks it is a genuine old Tibetan necklace. what I would like to know if any one of you nice folks can tell me what the beads are made of ( not the green turquoise ones ) . Any help will be greatly appreciated.

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Hello Varouj. Welcome to the Forum!  I hope you find some answers to your questions. This is a very beautiful old necklace and quite unusual. I think it could be Tibetan as you suggest. It is difficult to really see the stones you are asking about. The inset in the pendant seems to be a natural substance like tortoise shell. But maybe a bead expert could give you more answers.

Hi Thelma, thanks for the info. This necklace not only is unusual it is also intact . most antique beaded necklaces end up being restrung or used in other jewelries, this one seems to in original condition. it has some damage to the spacers ( I think they are barks or some kinda shells ) which can easily be replaced by additional ones from top or bottom but otherwise in good original condition. All I need now is someone to confirm that this necklace was worn by a Dali lama and I will be very happy and rich  ( hahaha ) .

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