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Necklaces289 of 370Sand Cast Silver Yei Men NecklaceVintage pearl seed bead multi strand necklace made in Italy.
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Posted 6 years ago


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I purchased this choker style necklace as an estate piece from Nordstom more than a decade ago. The center bead is carved with a monkey in a ball shape. The 2 horn-shaped pieces have panthers(?). There are also graduated turquoise beads and carnelian discs. What I want to know is:
1. Approximate vintage
2. Is this real ivory, or could it be bone?
3. Most importantly, where is it from? The carvings definitely look Asian, maybe Indonesian. On the other hand, the monkey ball has two holes drilled in it - maybe a Japanese ojime bead?

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