Western Asiatic Amethyst Necklace with Gold Ornate Beads


A Near Eastern-Western Asiatic amethyst necklace, punctuated with granulated gold beads. The beads have been cut from amethyst and polished beautifully, and are pierced longitudinally for suspension. The necklace displays six gold beads in total, all of which feature delicate rows of gold granules.

The necklace has been restrung, and the clasp is modern, making this necklace suitable for modern wear. There are some very minor chips and earthly encrustations on some of the beads.

Date: Circa 2nd - 1st Millenium BC
Condition: Fine condition - clasp is modern and necklace has been restrung.


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. Although the meaning behind the inscription on this ring cannot be translated, it might be driven from the ancient Persian language known as Pahlavi, used from the 4th century BC until the Sasanian Empire, 7th century AD.

To discover more about gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Jewellery in Antiquity.

Weight 28.17 g
Dimensions L 19.5 cm

Semi-Precious Stones



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