Carved from one piece of vintage nephrite jade, an artisan has made two interlocked Bi discs to move within each other. It is an amazing skill to pull this off, and this anonymous carver has done just that. It is in a creamy colour with a touch of orange bleeding through. Each disc has been deeply carved with a gadroon pattern. The double discs are 1 ½” long and 1” wide. Individually, the discs are 1” across. The Bi disc symbolizes harmony, while the interlocked discs are an emblem of unbreakable harmony. The discs are hung on a double twist of carnelian beads of 3mm.
The necklace itself consists large carnelian slices, roughly. Some of these stones display crystal inclusions. The stones have been cut in such a way as to emphasize the grain of the carnelian. The indents on some of the surfaces are all natural. The sizes and shapes vary but at the longest slice, the length is 2 ¼”, the width is 1 ¾” and the depth is 10.7 mm.
Interspersed between the carnelian slices are vintage, handmade, etched gold on brass melon beads, made in Afghanistan, using the traditional techniques. 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. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
I have used a vermeil toggle clasp. I prefer toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure.
The necklace is 19 inches long with a 1 ½” 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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