Victorian lapis lazuli and gold bead necklace, from about 1880


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Lapis lazuli and gold marry perfectly, as appreciated by ancient civilisations, and here in this Etruscan Revival necklace from the mid to late 19th century.

High-carat gold beads covered with super fine filigree alternate with rich blue lapis ones flecked with gold pyrite.

The clasp is invisible, encased in a slightly larger gold bead – a lovely finishing touch.

Skilful knotting between each bead prevents friction and enables the necklace to sit well.

It’s about 19 inches long – an eminently wearable size for most necks.


• Handmade 15-carat yellow gold and lapis lazuli beads on a knotted cord
• Approximately 19 inches (48cm) long, beads are approximately 6mm (1/4 inch) in diameter
• Weight is 17.8 grams
• In excellent antique condition
• Will come in a Karen Deakin gift box (my antique boxes are not for sale)
• Note: the Victorian gold urn fob ornament on a beaded chain is for sale separately – please get in touch if you’d like information about it

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