This spectacular old estate necklace was found on a trip through Asia and Turkey. It's an old Tribal piece.
The beads include huge genuine amber Bakelite (some call these 'Faturan'). These are solid Bakelite (tested) and they're in the super-sized 35mm range in width. Along with the Bakelite beads are large molded yellow glass melon balls, African trade beads, pottery bird beads, amber glass and a few oddball glass beads. There's also one etched brass leaf, an apparent 'signature' piece added by the maker.
The necklace measures about 26 inches around. The leaf hangs 1 3/4 inches long. The wide beads are 1 1/2 inches wide. There's no clasp...just the rope knot left finished off. This marvelous massive piece weighs about 350 grams (12.5 ounces).
Most of the Bakelite beads have hairline cracks that have been there for a long time. They're commonly found in these old beads...almost an honorable badge of time and use. These Bakelite beads were being made in Turkey as far back as the early 1900s so these are not newbee beads...these go far back.
The yellow glass beads have their own nuances...surface dings and marks in the glass. These are solid and sturdy.
This necklace is as much a 'treasure' as it is a majestic piece of jewelry to wear. It comes with age, mystique, and a history we wish we
knew more about. This is a necklace you hang on the wall when you're not wearing it...it's a true piece of art.
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Huge Old Tribal Amber Bakelite Bead Necklace w/ Old Glass Trade Beads