This is a listing for a vintage Carol Barrett necklace. It's in excellent vintage condition with no damage and a warm aged patina. The necklace is strung with large round natural Chinese turquoise beads that graduate in size. The larger beads are 15mm and the smaller beads are 10mm across.
The turquoise in this necklace is a solid shade of blue that has aged to take on green undertones. She accented it with coral disc beads that bring out the coral in the very old Tibetan pendant. I contacted Carol before listing this piece and sent her some photos.
She confirmed that the pendant is a vintage Tibetan prayer box that had the back soldered on so that it wouldn't open when you wear it. Then she thanked me for taking her down memory lane. Newer prayer boxes are still made by Tibet artists. The authentic vintage Tibetan prayer boxes are much more difficult to find. It measures 2 and 1/8th inches top to bottom, 1 and 5/8th inches wide across the bottom and is 7/8th of an inch thick from the back of the pendant to the top surface of the turquoise, which is tiered with a center stone set above the surrounding stones.
The silver work is superb and the back is hallmarked with a maker's mark but not stamped for silver content. The decorative silver beads in the necklace and the hand wrought clasp are sterling. Barrett still makes this clasp for her jewelry. The necklace is substantial and weighs 132 grams and a wearing length of 19.75 inches.
The item "Vintage Tibetan Prayer Box Natural Chinese Turquoise Sterling Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, January 31, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Vintage Ethnic/Regional/Tribal\Asian & East Indian". The seller is "100smr" and is located in Saint Louis, Missouri. This item can be shipped to United States.