Origin: Ukraine (Mediterranean coral)
Era: 19th century (pre-1900)
Condition: very good; beads are restrung on new thread; natural age and expected wear to coral; suitable for both wear and display
Measurements: the total length of the necklace including the tie strings is approximately 40″. The longest strand measures approximately 27″ and the shortest is 18″ (beaded sections). Total weight = 99 grams.
Additional Notes: Striking necklace from Ukraine made with natural coral and metal beads. Such necklaces were worn throughout Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Belarus, and other Slavic countries as part of the traditional folk costumes. Red coral beads were popular in eastern Europe and were believed to have magical properties that kept them in constant demand with peasant up through the mid-20th century. Coral was always an expensive investment and not everyone could afford such an expense; however; it was considered to be such a necessary element of many regional costumes and a family would often sell off personal belongings (such as livestock) in order to provide coral jewelry for their daughter’s bridal dowry. Please review the reference images showing nearly identical antique necklaces from central Ukraine. This necklace is restrung on new thread (natural hemp) and is ready for wear.