Consisting of 32 jade or greenstone precolumbian beads, this necklace has exceptional size and quality of stones, most with a rich green color and polished surface.
There are 12 tubular or barrel beads, some quite large (the largest 1 7/8"), with a variety of round or flattened round beads. The largest of the round beads measures 7/8" across and is seen at the middle, next to the one disc bead, which is slightly wider.
The beads have been restrung on a braided cord, with a modern S hook closure.
In addition to the fine color, they are all in very good condition, no obvious breaks or losses.
Please see all photos for close up images of all sections of the necklace, which show color and surface of the beads.
An exceptional necklace, with some of the finest pre-columbian greenstone beads anywhere.
Such stones are found from parts of Central America, especially Guatemala, and in parts of Mexico, especially the Guerrero regions, where greenstone carvings and beads have been created for many centuries. The term "greenstone" is utized, as it covers a variety of natural minerals, including jade and jadeite.
From a collection of pre-columbian items acquired in the mid 20th century.
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