A vintage rust toned, deeply carved nephrite jade Bi disc hangs from a complex but balanced necklace, lightened by traditional Chinese silk cord knotting. If you look closely, a vigorous dragon is chasing a deer. The dragon, in Chinese culture, is an emblem of the Emperor, his power, playfulness and dominance. But it is also a symbol of the universal source of energy, known as “chi”. The deer stands for long life, as it is the only creature able to find the sacred fungi for longevity. In this instance, the Emperor is in pursuit of long life. The Bi disc, 2 ½” across and 14mm deep, is a symbol of harmony and, again, of longevity.
The nephrite jade disc is attached to the necklace by peridot and carnelian (4mm) beads. The necklace is comprised (starting at the top) of lime coloured quartz beads (18mm), carved, vintage carnelian beads (20mm), hand carved basket weave designed bone beads, 20 mm, hand embossed brass beads from Tibet, 24.5 mm, slices of rough cut peridot, 19.5 long and 7.6 mm deep, and on one side, rust coloured carnelian bead, 23 mm, and on the other side, a vintage carved white nephrite jade bead with the scales of a dragon.
And finally I have used traditionally knotted silk/polyester cord, using the Chinese flat and button knots. It’s width is 4.4mm and depth is .8mm. This not only makes the necklace light and comfortable to wear, but it tends to set the design off. It is also inspired by the ancient court jewellery. The cord I use can be carefully washed by taking a drop of washing up liquid on a rag, gently dabbing the knotted cord; then repeat the process with a clean damp rag; take a dry cloth to dab it dry and allow to dry in the sun. This is an easy process and only necessary if soiled by make-up or wear.
The necklace has a gold on silver toggle clasp, which is both secure and easy to use. And I have attached my silver name and copyright label.
The necklace comes in it’s own silk brocade draw-string bag, colour coordinated with the necklace and made by a Shanghai tailor. In this case, the brocade will be a royal blue Chinese design. All my necklaces include a label describing the details of the necklace’s elements.
The necklace is 44 cm (17.5 “) Long in entirety, with a 7 cm (2 ¾”) pendant drop.
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