Rhodochrosite Beaded Necklace with Silver Rondelle Pendant
Distinctive 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, rhodochrosite is a semi-translucent rose pink and cherry red stone that was historically, and still is today carved into bowls, figures, objets de vertu, and en cabochon. As round beads, Its striations produce a cocentrically banded effect as seen here.