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Magnificent Rare East Indian Ethnic Necklace ~ This exceptional Middle Eastern (North African) relic is most certainly one of a kind and dates from the 1910-1920 era. The elderly lady I acquired this from stated it was a gift to her from her brother just after World War I ! ( Yes, World War One, not Two.) He had been stationed in northern Africa during the war. The extra large medallion, every link on the chain, the chained tassels, and all the brass dangle swirls at the bottom were all hand crafted with exceptional skill. My knowledge of craftsmanship from the Middle East dictates this piece was most likely made in either Tunisia or Morocco. The medallion is about 2 3/4" wide and the design incorporates polished silver domes over brass with roped frames. The center is a raw faceted carnelian gemstone, not glass, hand wired to the medallion. The chain and tassel are made of small, wide, well rounded silver links finished with raw faceted carnelian beads, hand wired to hand made flat brass swirls. The chain is very intriguing as each link was hand made and were linked together one at a time. Its interesting that these brass swirls look exactly like treble clef musical notes, and this whole necklace truly sings out. If you look at these swirls closely, you will see silver metal diamonds that were welded to the brass, and not all of the diamond shapes are welded straight. The diamonds are so tiny, it is hard to imagine anyone welding anything this delicate. Look at the back of the medallion and you will see how it was ground by hand. The necklace is made of silver over brass, probably with silver about 800 to 850 in grade. It is not signed or marked that I can find. The necklace chain is 24" long , the medallion is an additional 3", and the tassels are another 3 or 4", as the side chains are longer. The entire necklace is all original and in exceptional pristine condition with no imperfections. When worn, the medallion will fall directly on the sternum, or at the center of your heart. Truly a magnificent ethnic relic ~