Origin: Eastern Europe
Era: Early 20th century (circa 1910-1930)
Condition: very good; restrung; natural variation, age and expected wear to beads; one or two small chips; suitable for both wear and display
Measurements: 24″ long including ties | weight 42 grams
Additional Notes: A beautiful strand of antique amber beads with a wooden cross pendant (possibly bone?) once worn as part of a traditional folk costume. Amber necklaces such as this were sold by traveling merchants and were popular throughout eastern Europe including Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, and other Slavic countries as well as in the Baltic countries as part of the traditional folk costumes. The precise origin of this one is unknown. Amber was an important element of Slavic folklore and was worn for spiritual and physical protection by women throughout the region. The amber is completely natural and ancient with natural variation. The necklace has been restrung on natural hemp cord with cloth ties at the ends. There are small antique glass beads by the cross and at the ends.