On a handmade mint silk/ polyester chain hang an array of interesting elements, creating a rather cool, intriguing effect.
First there is the antique Chinese natural turquoise Bi disc (1¼ inches across or 3cm). It's a lovely pastel blue with veins running throughout, which create an appealing pattern. This is indeed a charming bit of old turquoise. The Bi disc is a symbol of harmony and longevity, always considered important in Chinese culture.
Above it, horizontally placed, is a carved basket-weave bar, made of bone ( 9 mm by 1 ½ inches across, or 4 cm).
This is then followed by the carved turquoise coloured pig, made of howlite, but dyed to resemble turquoise. He is 21 mm long by 12 mm. The pig is a symbol of intelligence and prosperity because he represents hard work and honesty. A pig, like a boar, is considered feisty. It therefore represents a determination to fight back.
This is followed by an antique calcified, natural nephrite jade trapezoid shaped piece, (17 mm by 13 mm).
And finally there is a natural, sandy gold jadeite bead (9 mm).
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 17 ½ inches long (44 cm).
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