This vintage pendant has been intricately made. It has been crafted in Afghanistan of 18K gold on silver, and set with a natural cabochon of carnelian. The fine craftsmanship that went into this pendant speaks well of Afghan artisans. It is both 1 ¼ inches across (3.5 mm) and wide, with delicate gadrooning around the carnelian.
The necklace itself is made up of two colours of tiger's eye (17 mm x 13 mm), the more common golden colour and the less known red colour, which echoes the carnelian cabochon.
Tiger's eye is a metamorphic rock with golden to a red-brown colour range with a silky The largest number of tiger's eye stone can be found in South Africa and Thailand. The stone received its name because it resembles the eye of a tiger.
And to give the necklace more zing, I have added the vintage (now rare) handmade, traditional, gold on brass on hardened resin beads (15 mm) from Afghanistan. The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan in 330 BC, 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.
And that is how these vintage Afghan gold beads have been made, creating gadrooning or etching on these beads. For me, this handiwork and the yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
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 comes, like all my necklaces, with it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 19 ¼ inches long (49 cm) with a 1¼ inch pendant drop (3 cm).
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