Striking old Faturan necklace or prayer bead strand. There are 32 red Faturan beads, and the remainder of the beads are a varied assortment of brass spacer-type beads in the 5mm range. If you haven't ever seen the distinct red rusty color from carved Faturan, please see the very last photo, he interior of the vase. I was pleased to see that some of the beads (2nd to last photo) have some of this russet colored residue from construction.
I appreciate the fact that these are also cut at angles, as typically seen in the older ottoman beads that were deliberately given an angle. No two are exactly the same color, there are some incredibly rich deep crimsons and some rich dark ruby reds - all reminiscent of cherry amber. To be clear, this is resin and not natural cherry Baltic amber. These do not give me a positive amber/gold response on my q-tip when Simichrome tested for Bakelite, but many Faturan do not.
I assure you that you will be enthusiastic with this piece, the Faturan beads have a great viscous waxy feel, and make great sound when they touch. Mild surface wear, no bead cracks or chips or major damage, in great used antique/vintage condition.
Please see my other listings - there are some spectacular pieces in this collection. The item "Antique Ottoman Damari Faturan Cherry Amber Phenolic Islamic 32 Prayer Beads" is in sale since Tuesday, August 28, 2018. This item is in the category "Collectibles\Religion & Spirituality\Islam\Prayer Beads".The seller is "theambercoast" and is located in Iowa City, Iowa. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Costa rica, Panama, Trinidad and tobago, Guatemala, El salvador, Honduras, Jamaica.