This is a necklace where nothing matches. Each element is unique to itself and yet it all comes together in a harmonious, interesting necklace.
I need to start my descriptions from one end leading to the other end.
An antique carved bone cylinder from India (19 mm) is separated from the next bead by a vintage Chinese brass coin (23 mm). That next bead is a hand carved magnesite bead (22.5 mm) which is separated by a bone cylinder (26 mm).
The next bead is an antique carved wood bead (26.5 mm) from Nepal, decorated with partial gold leaf.
An amazonite cylinder (23 mm) separates a large, vintage, carved white nephrite jade bead (24 mm).
Three bone cylinders (26 mm) flank the hand-blown, swirl glass bead (27 mm) from China.
A rather special, antique Chinese turquoise bead (26.3 mm)continues the design.
This is followed by a vintage, handmade brass bead from Turkestan (23 mm), leading to an amazonite cylinder (23 mm) next to an antique Victorian, polished bone bead (22 mm).
Finally, another vintage Chinese coin cordons off a natural turquoise quartz bead (10 mm).
The craftsman who carved the magnesite bead, created a wonderful texture and colouration. Magnesite is a mineral, magnesium carbonate, that has the same crystal structure as calcite. Its natural colour is cream and when carved and polished it features a dark web of veins or web-like matrix across its surface. This makes it an attractive gem to use. It is often dyed to a turquoise colour, which is completely stable.
The very name "amazonite" conjures up images of jungles and exotic waters. And amazonite does indeed originate from the Amazon area. This green/blue stone is a microcline feldspar variety of mineral and it is often known as Amazon Jade.
I have then knotted the silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese "flat knot" as well as the "button knot". This is not only a classical Chinese technique, but it lightens the necklace and makes it quite comfortable to wear. It also sets off the design.
I have used a vermeil toggle clasp. 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 its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 20½ inches long (52 cm)
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