Western Asiatic Agate, Carnelian and Quartz Necklace

£ 2,000.00

A stunning Western Asiatic necklace featuring carnelian beads alternating with agate beads all carved in form of a rhombus. The agate displays natural white streaks across the stones. To the centre is a large, smooth diamond shaped quartz, three gold beads sit on either side in between the semi-precious stones. They consist of a ovoid gold bead with rows of delicate granulation on either side.  This necklace has been restrung and finished with a modern gold-plated clasp.

Date: 1st Millenium BC - 1st Millenium AD
Condition: Fine condition, (please be aware that the clasp has not been professionally tied). When folded the necklace measures 21.4cm in length.


SKU: LD-364 Category: Tag:

Many grand civilisations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity are witnessed by the very sophisticated precious metal crafting of jewellery. Gold would have been hammered down to a thin layer and manipulated into different shapes. Gold and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Very fine granulation along with filigree, were at the centre of Near Eastern and Western Asiatic jewellery production and were later adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.

Carnelian is a translucent variant of chalcedony, and ranges in colour from light orange to dark brown. It is slightly softer than the likes of sard, and so is ideal for carving. The colour of stones was important in antiquity, with some varieties considered, through sympathetic magic, to increase fertility, ease childbirth, and provide relief and protection from afflictions (such as scorpion bites, stomach ailments, and eye disease). Written sources list a host of powers attributed to stones, for instance protection against the evil eye, the guarantee of safe travel, a better understanding of rhetoric, and even victory in court.

Weight 46.3 g
Dimensions L 45 cm


Semi-Precious Stones



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