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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
The turquoise looks like strands I have seen described as Afghan. Here is an example: https://www.etsy.com/listing/200654971/turquoise-bead-strandnecklac...
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