We confess to having a soft spot for old ethnic jewelry but this old ethnic Rajasthan necklace from Northern India turns the soft spot to mush.
This is one to behold!
First, you notice that it's hefty. Weighs 136 grams. And that's all solid sterling silver.
Then you see the simplistic beauty of the handmade design. There are THREE tightly woven chains that are thick as rope. They're capped at the top with handwrought floral casings. More chains end at a hook and eye clasp.
The necklace measures 15 1/2 inches around. It lands at a good place at the base of the throat (on an average neck)...not too tight...well in sight. The chains hang about 1 1/4 inches wide at center.
As with most of these early pieces, there's no marking. Both the chains and caps have been acid-tested and come up sterling silver at every point. These old Indian high-grade silver pieces don't turn up often as now most are made of low grade or non silver metals.
This vintage sterling silver Tribal Ethnic necklace is museum quality. Excellent vintage condition with unpolished patina. Circa Mid 20th Century.
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Old Heavy Sterling Silver Rajasthan Necklace Ethnic Rarity