This exquisite, graceful, antique butterfly, circa 1900, is made of Chinese enamel on export silver, in a vibrant kingfisher blue. This is where the Chinese artisan would be imitating the real kingfisher feathers, an element often used in Chinese jewellery from the 19th century. The pendant would have been part of a court necklace. The enamel is in fairly good condition with its vibrant colour still intact. But there is a tiny bit of enamel missing on the back of the butterfly (see photo), which does not actually affect the look of the necklace. The pendant is 1.3 inches wide by 1 inch long. It has a faux pearl drop, as part of the original pendant.
The butterfly has always signified love to the Chinese, and marital joy in particular. But it also is an emblem of long life, prosperity and happiness itself: A good creature to have near one.
The butterfly hangs on a double strand of natural, cultured, (very) baroque white freshwater pearls. One strand has pearls at approximately 5mm. The second strand pearls are around 3 mm. The pearls have a good lustre.
At the end of the necklace, the strands feed into two handmade, brushed sterling silver octagonal beads, ( 7.7 mm) made in India.
I have used a 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 19 inches long with a one -inch pendant drop
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