This is an unforgettable necklace, rich and varied in content, and very flattering to wear. I have designed the necklace so that it has a sense of harmonious balance, with a slight variation at the centre.
The description begins in the centre of the necklace with the antique, carved wood bead from Nepal, which has been partially gold leafed (25 mm). This is flanked by two vintage Chinese brass coins (25 mm).
Two different, hand blown glass beads (27 mm) are made by the master Venetian glass blower Moulaye Niang. Originally from Senegal, Moulaye was trained in Murano and eventually became a highly collected artist, known as "Il Muanero". He developed complex techniques in glass blowing. These two beads are made of a glowing sky and royal blue colour.
On either side of the glass beads, two slices of natural lapis discs (18 mm) in an equally brilliant blue, separate the glass from two Tibetan, repoussé brass beads (24 mm).
Two good natural lapis beads (20 mm) meet another thin slice of lapis discs, which meet and sky-blue lace agate beads (20 mm), echoing the blue of the Venetian beads.
Lastly, there are two lapis beads (16 mm) incised with gold dragons, the symbol of the Emperor and his power. But living on the same necklace as the Tibetan and Nepalese beads, the dragon's other emblem, that of the universal source of energy, known as "Chi" must be equally important.
In order to lighten the necklace, I have used the traditional Chinese knotting, with a silk/polyester cord, using the "button" knot and the "flat" knot.
A vermeil toggle clasp has been added, because 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 18 ½ inches (47 cm) long.
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