Wearable Antique Necklaces

A selection of necklaces that are stable to wear and wearable in a contemporary setting from Southeast Asia, India, North Africa & the Middle East.

Many feature trade beads, often small glass beads produced in Murano, Venice for export to around the world.

Each necklace has been drawn from our stock, and is for sale.

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4260

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Naga Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
19th century-early 20th century

length: 64cm, weight: 508g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

4256

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Rare Fossilised Palmwood (Pumtek) Bead Necklace

Pyu Kingdom, Burma, China People, Western Burma & Mizo People, Eastern India
circa 10th century

length: 76cm, weight: 93g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

5568

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Sri Lankan Gilded Silver Necklace set with Rubies & other Gems

Sri Lanka
early to mid-20th century

length of pendant: 14cm, overall weight: 61.31

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Provenance

UK art market

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Large Silver Bead & Amber Necklace with Amulet Box (Hirz)

San'a, Yemen
early 20th century

total length (circumference as worn): 96cm, total weight: 381g

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5203

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Outstanding Naga Bead & Shell Necklace

Naga People, Eastern India/Western Burma
19th century

length: approx. 90cm

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Provenance

UK art market

5620

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South Indian Toda Silver Woman’s Necklace

Toda People, Nilgiri Hills, Tamil Nadu, South India
19th century

total length (or circumference as worn): 50.5cm, weight: 175g

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

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Colonial Indian Silver ‘Swami Ware’ Necklace

Madras, Tamil Nadu, South India. Unmarked, but probably by P. Orr & Sons.
19th century

total length (or circumference as worn): 46.5cm, weight: 99g

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Estate of Oppi Untracht. Untracht (1922-2008), and American who lived in Finland, was one of the world's foremost experts of Indian jewellery, silverware and metal techniques.

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Gilded Silver Mounted Pectoral Reliquary Cross with Carved Steatite (Enkolpia)

Mount Athos, Macedonian Greece
15th century

total length of chain (circumference as worn): 72cm, length of cross (without coin): 7.3cm, thickness of cross: 1.1cm, weight: 97g

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Provenance

UK art market

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Bontoc Clam Shell Bead & Glass Bead Necklace

Bontoc People, Northern Luzon, Philippines
19th-20th century

weight: 169g

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

4499

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Necklace of Rare Hollow Reeded Gold Beads

Pyu (present-day Burma)
5th-9th century

length of bead section: 18cm (36cm circumference), weight: 29g

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Provenance

UK art market; private collection, London.

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Javanese Necklace of Early Gold Beads

Central Java, Indonesia
Early Classical Period, 8th century

length: 65.3cm weight: 37.7g

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Provenance

private collection, London.

5205

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Unusually Large, Multiple-Strand Naga Blue Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, India/Burma
circa 1900

length: 70cm, weight: 724g

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Provenance

UK art market; undoubtedly, the necklace has been in the UK since the colonial era.

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Gold Enamelled Kavach Pendant & Enamelled Gold Bead & Pearl Necklace for a Krishna Devotee

Rajasthan, India
19th century

circumference of necklace: 43cm, overall weight: 27.9g

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Provenance

UK art market

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Omani Silver Amulet Box (Hirz) & Necklace with Applied Gold Plaques

Oman
circa 1900

total hanging length: 45cm, approximate length of chain: 60cm, length of amulet box: 9.2cm, weight: 330g

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Provenance

UK art market

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Red Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

Andhra Pradesh, India
19th century

length: 80cm, weight: 237g

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Provenance

UK private collection

4860

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Yellow Venetian Glass & Brass Bead Necklace

Andhra Pradesh, India
19th century

length: 84cm, weight: 280g

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UK private collection

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Hand-Rolled Turquoise Bead Necklace

Navajo Pueblo People, South-West United States
19th-early 20th century

length: 42cm ( 25cm for the double strand of turquoise), weight: 41g

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Provenance

private collection, UK

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Rare South Indian Shiva-Parvati Double Rudraksha Necklace with Ruby-Inset Gold Mounts

South India
18th-19th century

width of pendant: 5.3cm, height of pendant: 7cm, length of necklace: 31cm, weight: 75g

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Provenance

private collection, UK.

4798

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Indian Silver Bead Necklace

Gujarat, India
19th-early 20th century

length: 60cm, weight: 229g

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Naga Glass Bead Necklace

Naga People, Burma/India
late 1940s

length: 59cm, weight: 182g

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Provenance

private collection, London.