This dramatic necklace of silver beads of graduated sizes strung on its original black cotton twisted and balled thread is very wearable.
Each faceted bead is of sheet silver over a lac core. The age, wear, and occasional denting to the beads adds to their tactile nature.
Such beads necklaces were produced in Gujarat.
See Leurquin (2003, p. 231) for a less ornate example with even-sized beads.
The necklace is in a stable, robust condition. Each bead has a fine patina. There is some fraying to the black cord around the fastening.
Leurquin, A., A World of Necklaces: Africa, Asia, Oceania, America from the Ghysels Collection, Skira, 2003.
Untracht, O., Traditional Jewelry of India, Thames & Hudson, 1997.