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Yes, you're right !

It is not a bead.


Nor is it a pendant. Made from a hard black rock (likely Lydian stone, a type of chalcedony or agate) this piece is 55 mm (2+ inches) long. It was likely worn, but only for convenience.

It was a touchstone, used to determine the relative amount of gold (and earlier the composition of bronze) in a given object. There are still streaks of gold on it.


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