A stunning beaded necklace in carved genuine malachite with genuine coral spacers, with a beautifully detailed pendant in the form of a face or mask. Probably circa 1900 or 1910. Possibly Italian. The pendant is held in a silver frame; the slide clasp is marked 14K. From a Pittsburgh estate.
Wearable length is 17 1/2 inches. 1/2 inch wide at sides. The pendant is 1 1/2 inches long, 1 3/8 inches wide, and 5/8 inch deep. Excellent condition. There is old polish residue in some of the recessed areas; I will be happy to have it cleaned if you like. What looks like drilled holes on the sides of the head are not; they are simply recessed areas in the carving. Photos enlarged to show detail.