Large, flat and irregular slices of natural chrysocolla alternate with flat pebbles of sterling silver sheets which have covered (not plated) actual stones.
The chrysocolla varies in size, colour and pattern, all down to the natural stone. They have been left as a mat finish rather than polished, creating a gentle effect which counteracts the vibrant turquoise/green colour of the stones. At the largest, they are around 1 ¾ inches long, 1 inch wide and 8 mm deep.
The silver panels are 22 mm x 24 mm x 8.5 mm deep.
The Chinese pewter charms are actually antique.
One charm is a peanut (5 mm x 15mm); the peanut is considered lucky as it is an emblem of fruitfulness and growth.
The Second charm is a heart with Chinese characters (12 mm x 11mm); it is symbolic of love and of a strong heart and mind.
The Third is a padlock (14 mm x 9 mm); its meaning has to do with protection and security
The Fourth is a pair of mans shoes (9 mm x 12 mm); such shoe charms were often used by girls hoping to find a husband; but they also signify wealth and fruitfulness.
All are full of delightful detail.
I have used a silver 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 it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 21 inches long.
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