This is an over the top circa 1900 or earlier set of Chinese export jewelry consisting of 3 strand turquoise nuggets necklace and bracelet with matching Etruscan style clasps and separating bars. The turquoise stones are natural, free form in shape and have dark lines of matrix throughout. The matching clasps on both necklace and bracelet are decorated with twisted wire work and dotted with tiny balls. They are also set with pairs of turquoise stones. The necklace has separating bars that match the clasps. The bracelet has smaller, simpler separating bars without stones. There are no markings but the style matches that of similar marked Chinese jewelry of that period. The metal tests as copper with a gold gilded finish. Chinese jewelry of that time was often silver or copper based.
The necklace and bracelet have a combined weight of 90.4 gr. The necklace measures 17" wearable length. The bracelet measures 7" wearable length. The clasps each measure .5" x 1.125". The necklace's center section has gradually longer lengths of beads forming a slight swag. The beads in the necklace are slightly graduated in size, smaller near the clasp and larger towards the center. The bracelet beads are of more consistently large size.
Condition: I found one cracked bead on the necklace. The bracelet stones are slightly paler in color than the ones in the necklace. There is some expected wear to the gold finish mostly on the back side against the skin.
For added versatility the bracelet and necklace of this set can be combined into one longer necklace almost 24" long.
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