This is a monster. It's an incredible monster of a necklace that you'd be more likely to see in a museum than in our little humble shop. Yet here it is...and it's absolutely amazing.
This ornate old tribal necklace is made of silvertone metal that's highly decorated with overlays of intricate wire work, handmade beads and dangles, and best of all, genuine Bakelite cubes. Big ones that measure 1 1/8 inches square. The two giant metal beads measure 1 1/2 inches across which is about 40mm.
In the center, there's a prayer box bead. Not sure if this one opens but usually these were made to hold a prayer inside. It measures 4 inches across and the entire centerpiece is 4 inches long with all the dangles.
There are some defects / flaws to note. One of the big beads has a few dents in it. The other bead and prayer box are intact. Obviously, someone attempted to polish this (bad idea) and some of the polish dried up in the crevices of the beads leaving a white residue. We were able to brush some of it out with a wet toothbrush and pry some out with a pin. Then we got tired and left the rest for you.
The necklace measures 26 inches around. It's heavy...weighs 280 grams. Our best guess at its origin is possibly India (Rajasthan) or more likely Turkey where Bakelite was very popular. It's truly one-of-a-kind. Handmade. Something unique and special. When you're not wearing it and causing a selfie-with-you riot, just hang it on the wall because this is definitely Tribal art.
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Huge Old Tribal Silvertone Metal Bakelite Necklace