Gorgeous vintage Chinese export necklace, probably 1970s although some of the beads may be older, with amazing very big beads in many different materials. Beads include: very large burlwood carved figural bead, 3 dimensional, large pale yellow/cream hardstone bead and smaller wood beads in the same shape, carved beads in serpentine and other hardstones and cinnabar, porcelain beads, a cloisonne bead, large purple Peking glass beads, small silvertone metal beads, a large red lacquered wood bead, turquoise nugget beads, a large barrel shaped turquoise bead, and red coral nugget beads.
Wearable length is 36 inches. Great size -- the largest carved wood bead is 2 1/2 inches long and the largest pale yellow cream carved hardstone bead is 2 inches long. Excellent condition with one small 3mm loss to the large oblong blue hardstone carved bead, pictured but not noticeable when worn. This bead apparently is dyed, but the other hardstone beads appear to be undyed. Display form is life size. Photos enlarged to show detail.