This is an uncommon 22" long antique carved meerschaum bead necklace. The beads graduate in size from .375" up to .875". The smaller beads are carved simply with circular designs. The larger beads are carved with a band of roses around the center and a nubby texture .
Condition: The soft material of Meerschaum tends to discolor as it ages and this necklace is no exception. The smaller beads that would have been around the neck have especially yellowed over time with wear. The clasp is a modern replacement. The necklace has been recently restrung.
Necklaces of this material are uncommon. It is an attractive necklace and lightweight, despite the large size of the beads.
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