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Comment by Jamey D. Allen on December 21, 2014 at 17:07

These small lapis, turquoise, and carnelian beads are a mainstay among ancient beads from Afghanistan.  If you refer to A Bead Timeline, by James Lankton (2003), you will find these beads on page 30, Figure 3, specimens 351 to 353.  They are placed here, between 3.000 and 2,500 BCE.  I think this date is actually too early--and I would be inclined to put them at ca. 1,500 BCE (+ or -).  Over the previous ten years or so, numerous modern reproductions of these beads have been manufactured in Pakistan, perhaps by Afghan refugees.  And more recently, a broad variety of other stones have been used, including a bright yellow-green serpentine that is handsome; and some opaque reddish brown material.  The new beads are frankly new-looking, but are sometime sold as antiquities--particularly the lapis beads..

I hope this is helpful.  Jamey D. Allen

Comment by Lynn Ardent on December 14, 2014 at 16:08

The turquoise looks like strands I have seen described as Afghan.  Here is an example:



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