An absolutely gorgeous necklace strung of antique white heart beads, antique branch coral, antique vaseline beads, handmade silver beads and silver and nickel coins of Guatemala, Mexico and Peru and
These necklaces are called chachales. They are ceremonial necklaces used by people in the Mayan cultures of Guatemala. Chachal means necklace in the k'che language and is also a reference to the sound these make when they move.
The necklace contains: 4 - 1/2 Guatemalan reales made of nickel 1900-1915 2 - 1 Guatemalan reales made of nickel 1900-1915 4- 2 Guatemalan reales made of silver last decade 1800s 1- 1/4 Guatemalan real silver 1 1900 1- 1 sol Peru 1888 silver 1- 1/2 Guatemalan real silver 1894 Mexican silver coin 1831 1- 10 centavos Mexican nickel unknown date Antique White Heart trade beads from Venice (mid 19th-early 20th century) Antique Vaseline Beads from Bohemia/Czechoslavakia (mid 19th-early 20th century)
The necklace closes with a silver hook and eye closure. Approx 19" long and 198g