I found this vintage jadeite carved ball while on my many trips to China. I was immediately drawn to it because, although the basic colour is apple green, it looks like nature had taken a paint brush to add more interest by dabbing other lighter tones of green with a very dark, almost black green fleck.
At 28.8 mm, it is a good hunk of jade, probably used in the centre of a long traditional Chinese necklace.
If anyone has been following my shop, you will have noticed I'm rather keen on colour and combinations. I wanted to design this necklace as though it were an ancient necklace, placing the green jade ball in the central position but then slightly neutralizing the impact of all green by bringing in the creamy colours of vintage, hand carved bone beads from China. I also wanted to punctuate the bone with a soft translucent green of aventurine, which then gets a subdued sparkle of brushed vermeil rings from India, that slightly move about.
In keeping with the Chinese necklace scheme, I have chosen to use knotted the silk/polyester cord using 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.
The cord can be cleaned by slightly wetting the cord, adding a bit of washing up liquid onto a sponge, dabbing the cord with the sponge, then, with a fresh sponge, rinsing the soap out (all with dabbing movements). And lastly, taking a tea towel to pat it dry, and then leave it in the sun to dry naturally. I have only needed to do this occasionally but when I have, the cord comes out like new. It is easy to do but the writing up makes it sound complicated. It is NOT.
The basket weave carved bone beads are approximately 25 mm. The carved bone cylinders are approximately 23 mm in diameter and 1 1/4 inches long. One of these cylinders has a dragon in the shape of a serpent winding its way around the bead, while the other has the hint of a dragon and it's scales. Dragons are the symbol of the emperor and his power and influence, but also signifies the universal energy, or "Chi". The final bone beads are 28 mm and each has two differing sides to the bead. Etched in black on one side is a scholar/sage (both beads have different characters). On the other side is Chinese writing, which I believe is poetry.
The aventurine discs are 16.5 mm in width and 8 mm in depth.
The brushed vermeil (gold plated over silver) are 15 mm wide and 2.7 mm in depth.
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 is is 20 inches long, a good lenth for less formal wear.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
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