This vintage piece of well carved nephrite jade in a celadon colour is of a Chinese guitar (2 ½ inches long, 6.5 cm by 1 ¼ inches, or 2 cm wide). It is a charming piece with the strings clearly visible and with its unique, carved handle.
It hangs on a chic necklace of mat black, jet carved cylinders (20 mm long x 14.8 mm wide). Also in mat black are onyx beads, at 14 mm and 7 mm.
Jet is a type of lignite, a precursor to coal, and is a gemstone. Jet is not a mineral but is a mineraloid. It has an organic origin, coming from decaying wood under extreme pressure.
At the front of the necklace there are 2 carved vintage nephrite jade beads (13.6 mm), again in celadon, which reflect the guitar’s colour.
The silver beads are from two different sources. The brushed silver cylinders are from India (13.8 mm). The 4 different woven silver beads are made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. The first two are woven cylinders 13 mm. by 9 mm. The two woven barrels are 13.9mm x 16.5 mm.
Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver. I mostly choose to use their silver because each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created. I know that artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process. Their work is fairly paid, and as a result, their beads are much more expensive. But a family is supported and wonderful beads and jewellery are produced in high quality silver.
I have used a silver toggle clasp made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver to create a rope design. Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 18 inches long (46 cm) with a 2 ¾ inch pendant drop.
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