Chunky, vintage, Gujarati lac bead ('dholki') necklace
A strong and statement making vintage necklace from Gujarat, India. In this unique Gujarati style of fabrication, each faceted bead is made up of silver sheet draped over a lac core- forming voluminous yet relatively lightweight forms. The age, wear and occasional denting to the beads adds to their tactile nature. Woven on black knotted cotton, this classic piece feels as modern as it does ancient.
Composition: Sterling silver, lac and cotton thread.
Measurements: Diameter of the necklace is around 15 cms. Every single bead is 2.5 cms long and 1.7 cms at the widest. Total number of beads in 1 necklace= 12. Total length of the necklace (end to end)= 20".
Weight: 86.92 gms
Country of origin: India
Please note: (1) All the jewellery in this collection is vintage, and thus neither new nor in mint condition. Wear, dents, scratches, oxidation etc. are in keeping with the age of the jewellery.
(2) All the jewellery has been gently cleaned to remove surface dirt and oils but not the patina- which in our view adds immensely to the appeal of vintage pieces. While in great condition (none of the jewellery is broken/chipped/in need of repair), all were previously owned by someone else, and while not perfect each is full of old history and charm. Please use accompanying photographs to make your decision and be sure to ask any questions you may have before purchase.
(3) It is also worth reminding that since the jewellery is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.