This is a wow of a necklace. A real “statement” piece, not unlike the head turning necklace Cate Blanchett wore for the Academy Awards a couple of years ago. Not at all the same, but a stunner, nevertheless.
The centrepiece is a vintage light apple green jadeite cylinder deeply carved with a dragon wrapping itself around the cylinder. Dragons, for the Chinese, are not an evil presence but a symbol of the source of life’s energy, or “Chi”. They are also emblematic of the Emperor, his power, playfulness and agility. The cylinder is 1 ¾ inch long and 14.5 mm across.
The jade cylinder hangs on 6 mm jade beads on a three- strand necklace of heat treated, faceted, soft mint slices of chalcedony, followed by jade beads. The chalcedony varies in size and shape but at its widest it is 22 mm and 26 mm at it’s longest. The jade beads vary from 9mm down to 6 mm.
Interspersed through the chalcedony are vintage handmade Afghan gold on silver on hardened resin beads. This is a traditional technique. The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 ct gold was used. And that is how these vintage Afghan gold beads have been made, creating gadrooning or etching on these beads. The two in the front are 14mm, while the smaller beads are 9 mm. For me, this handiwork and the yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
I have used a vermeil magnetic slide clasp which enables the necklace to be graduated, and once attached, the clasp is very secure.
The necklace is 17 inches long with a 1 ¾ inch pendant drop.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own silk brocaded pouch bag, made by the Shanghai tailor.
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