Here's a head-turning necklace for you, obviously hand-made and of considerable age. Whenever I wear it, compliments flow and everyone believes it's genuine amber.
Adding to the opulence, the stacks of amber slices are separated by nine highly ornate spacer beads. The beads certainly contain some silver, since they've acquired a heavy patina.
I believe this piece dates from the early 20th century, based on its fancy link chain -- very similar to the "paperclip" style seen on necklaces from the Arts and Crafts era. Its origin could be Middle Eastern or perhaps it's from farther East. If you recognize the style and can place it definitively, please let us know. Provenance is an estate in New Mexico, where exotic jewelry is prized.
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