Rhodochrosite Beaded Necklace with Silver Rondelle Pendant
Distinctive opera-length necklace consisting of sixty-five natural rhodochrosite beads attached to a 19th-century silver pendant, with a silver clasp.
The beads, 20th century, the pendant, Dutch 19th century.
28 in. (71.1 cm) long, the pendant, 1 ¼ in. (3.2 cm) diam.
Found in Russia and elsewhere, rhodochrosite is a semi-translucent rose pink to cherry red ornamental hardstone that was historically, and still is today carved into vases, bowls, figures, objets de vertu, and en cabochon. As round beads, its striations produce a pleasing banded effect as seen here.