This elegant antique Victorian 15 carat gold pendant is encrusted with natural seed pearls which create the forms of Chinese characters. The meaning of these characters is that of “good fortune” and “longevity”. The pendant measures 1 ¼ inches long and just over ½ inch wide.
The two strands of baroque cultured freshwater pearls at 5.5 mm are interspersed with vintage18 carat etched beads from Afghanistan. The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 ct gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly.
And that is how these vintage Afghan gold beads have been made, each at 7.7mm.
For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
The clasp is a 14carat gold toggle clasp. I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure.
The necklace is just over 19 inches long with a 1 ½ inch pendant drop.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
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