Mixing the best of the new with the old, this contemporary ruby necklace was hand-made and drilled by Indian craftsmen with a bow drill, a method practiced since Mogul days. Carefully matched, they are highlighted by high karat Byzantine gold beads, two of openwork filigree design, and the central bead with a closed circular motif. All three are typical of Byzantine jewelry from the eighth and ninth centuries.
For related gold bead examples see: Dubin, L. "The History of Beads" p.68 #62.
Condition: Intact and excellent condition overall.
Dimensions: Length: 18 inches (45.7 cm)
Provenance: Gold beads: ex. Sumer Gallery, (Henry Anavian) NYC., acquired 1970s-1980s, by descent to family.
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