This necklace, with it gorgeous subtle hues and enchanting forms, is strung of ancient Roman glass beads, semiprecious stones and jet, some of the beads are as old as 2000 years, I'm told. 18” long. With a sterling silver hook clasp.
The beads are valuable from a reputable dealer.
This amulet is probably from the late 19th or early 20th century, solid, high grade silver. A pendant from Rajasthan, northern India of the Seven Mothers (Sapta Matrikas) and a Guardian.
The Sapta Matrikas area a group of Hindu goddesses, Brahmani, Vaishnavi, Maheshvari, Indrani, Kaumari, Varahi, Chamunda or Narasimhi who are always depicted together. Since they are usually depicted as a heptad (group of seven) they are called Sapta Matrikas. They are described as assisting the great Shakta Devi (goddess) in her fight with demons.
A sacred, powerful charm, it is believed to offer the wearer protection. This is particularly worn by mothers and pregnant women to protect the unborn baby.