Vintage 171g ten-strand coral bead ethnic necklace with trade beads Guatemalan chachal

$1,498.00

Chachal necklaces from Guatamala and southern Mexico were often made with coral beads interspersed with coins--both a symbol of wealth. Trade beads were interspersed as well. The piece here today is made with coral beads, which is quite rare, as once coral became less available, red glass or ceramic beads were used. The piece also has a variety of wonderful antique trade beads interspersed, in beautiful contrast to the salmony red-orange coral beads. The piece came from a friend who was moving across country and selling off beautiful pieces from her private collection. Chachal and other ethnic coral necklaces of only two strands sell for up to $300 and sometimes more, and here we have a full ten strands.

The necklace measures 23" including the silver cones yet not the 6-1/2" in chain, and if you close the necklace on the last link, it is more like 29" long. Some of the beads are quite old and worn, and there is a silver coin and small copper bell with verdigris. The piece is quite lovely, a wonderful ethnic necklace that makes a huge statement when worn with white or black or even with other color.

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