Gujrat, Western India
Late 18th century
A necklace (Nav Lada) of hollow gold beads interspersed with small gold pendants and a gem set pendant of rubies, emeralds and pearls, in the centre of each row, cascading down in nine strands.
Necklaces ranging from a single strand to those that are believed to have been made up of over a thousand strands are repeatedly mentioned in Asian texts, the most popular and common is the seven-strand necklace. This necklace is likely to have been specially commissioned to be nine-strands.
An almost exact example is in the Rijksmuseum Foundation, Amsterdam.