Ancient Sapphire beads are incredibly rare and few come into the marketplace. There are 22 freeform sapphire beads of various size and colour on this necklace. Including: yellow, purple and various tones of blue. Sapphires from Sri Lanka (Ceylon) have been coveted since ancient times and Sri Lanka itself was known as 'Ratnadeepa' in the Indian language, which means 'Island of Gems'. All of the gold work (22K) has been crafted using the hand hammered ancient Roman technique by master goldsmith Ram Rijal. His work is highly sought after and can be seen in numerous publications. Most recently in Untamed Encounters published by Thames Hudson. A one of a kind necklace of elegant beauty. total weight of necklace 30.9 grams
Age of Sapphire Beads: 1000 years + (9th to 10th C).
22 Sapphire beads of freeform shape
largest approx 19 mm
smallest approx 6 mm
Colour: Blue, Yellow and Purple