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A large and heavy lapis and sodalite beaded necklace with silver fire gilded bead. Main pendant measures over 5 inches in diameter and 3 inches long. I think this is Afghan, but from which area, I don't know.
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Hello Laura. This lapis is a lovely luminous blue and I too think it is a contemporary piece, probably made in Afghanistan. The main lapis mines are in Badakhshan province... they have been there for thousands of years. I was interested in Edith's comments... just to add to it. I read in the Times (London) a couple of weeks ago that the Taliban had recently taken over these mines from the local warlords... who themselves had taken them over from the company which won the original contract from the government. The mines provide a very large source of income to those who control them.
Thank you both for your comments. Most interesting.
Well there is lapis mined in Afghanistan and many necklaces and other pieces are made there for the export market, so it may well come from there. Ive just never seen a traditional jewel like that from those regions, perhaps another member may prove me wrong, but nevertheless it is a spendid piece.
Yes, I agree Cordelia. Do you have any other thoughts about it? Perhaps it's not Afghan at all, although I was given to understand it was when I acquired it 20 years ago.
Hi Laura, it doesnt look to me like a traditional jewel, but with some elements.
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