A superb Western Asiatic Gemstone Necklace, ca. 2nd millennium BCE - 1st century CE
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This stunning necklace brings together the most rare and prized gemstones of the ancient world. It comprises flat rectangular beads, hand-carved from red jasper, malachite, breccia, limestone, quartz, carnelian, lapis lazuli, and glass paste, restrung and separated by antique 18K gold spacers.
For a related example see Dubin, Lois Sherr, The History of Beads (New York, 1987), 333a-c.
Dimensions: Necklace length: 15 inches (38 cm)
Condition: All beads are intact, and in excellent condition overall, the necklace has been restrung with modern 18K gold spacers and clasp. An exceptional example.
Provenance: Private collection of Lady Gloria Dale (1922 - 2013 ), Lady Gloria Dale, artist, British crafts patron, and wife of the late Sir William Dale, died December 18th in a hospice in Hampstead, London. She was 91. She and Sir William, a leading British Commonwealth lawyer and instructor in legislative drafting and international law, married in 1966. Lady Dale, who resided in Lincoln"s Inn for the past 20 years, began a crafts career in her late 20s in Washington DC where she first made award-winning, artist-designed hand-tufted rugs that were exhibited in America (including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City), Italy and England during the 1960s. After she and Sir William returned to London from eight years of living in Beirut Lebanon in the early 1970s, she began to design jewelry using antique beads she collected throughout the Middle East. She later donated a collection of those antique beads to the British Museum.