This enchanting little sterling silver bird is made in Tibet and inlaid with turquoise. He is 2 inches across (5 cm) and 1 inch high (2.5 cm) and 15.5 mm deep.
Birds play an important symbolic role in Tibet because they travel in 3 of the 5 traditional elements: earth, air and water.
The bird hangs on a necklace of natural Chinese turquoise beads of 8 mm, with some carved turquoise beads (8.8mm) showing the” Shou” character for long life.
The silver beads have been woven by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. 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. 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 20 inches long (50 cm) with a 1 inch pendant drop (2.5 cm).
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