EXCEPTIONAL COSTUM JEVELLERY PRE-COLUMBIAN OLMEC AND TAIRONA BEAD NECKLACE, PRE 400 BC, & 11th.-14th. century AD.
A beautiful necklace consisting of large rock crystal tubular tairona culture beads, and spaced with smaller round beads also Tairona, and with round jade beads, these spacers dating to the Olmecs of central America, pre 400 BC.
All beads hand-picked in terrific stone quality and polishing
The beads of this necklace was bought over a period of many years by a danish lady living in central and south America, c. 30-40 years ago. She had all her beads costumized into necklaces.
Length: Ca. 44 cm. in single line.
Beads of jade were among the few articles and objects that achieved status of "money". The Spanish conquistadors soon learned that inhabitants of the Pre-Columbian America valued Jade higher than gold!
Reff. See 'The history of beads', M. Kaplan 1987, p.253 for similar Tairona and Olmec beads.