This is intended to be a simple, work to play necklace in the rich colours of natural carnelian and an old yellow, gold.
The necklace consists of natural carnelian beads shaped like small bits of bamboo (8 mm x 12 mm), alternating with natural rock crystal nuggets (9 mm x 15 mm). There are then natural carnelian beads (10 mm), which have been etched with gold archaic Chinese characters.
Throughout the necklace there are vintage, now rare, 18 ct gold on silver on hardened resin beads (7 mm), made in Afghanistan using traditional techniques. The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan in 330 B.C., 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 give the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
On the side of the necklace is an antique (circa 1910) gold on brass button,
(30 mm across x 2.4 mm deep) shaped in a Buddhist design. It was more than likely sewn onto a hat or a silk robe.
I have used a gold plated on silver 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 17 inches long.
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