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 a silver sheet draped over a lac core- forming, voluminous yet relatively lightweight forms. The age and occasional denting add to the tactile nature of the beads. Woven on black knotted cotton, this classic piece feels as modern as it does ancient.
Composition: Sterling silver, lac, and cotton thread.
Measurements: The diameter of the necklace is around 15 cm. Every single bead is 2.5 cm long and 1.7 cm at the widest. The total number of beads in 1 necklace= 12. The total length of the necklace (end to end)= 20".
Country of origin: India
Please note: (1) All the jewelry 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 jewelry.
(2) All the jewelry 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 jewelry 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 jewelry is shot in close-up mode, the pieces may look bigger than the actual size. Conversely, some large pieces may look smaller in pictures. Always refer to the mentioned dimensions.