Worn simply, in subtle, soft celadon green colours, this multi strand necklace is comprised of four strands of natural Burma jadeite (3.5 mm) and three strands of natural aventurine beads (3 mm). It is not a graduated necklace, but it is designed to allow the strands to fall gracefully and informally on the neck.
The four jade strands have brass Heishi rings or beads interspersed in the central part of the necklace. These Heishi rings (3 mm) are handmade in Ethiopia.
The seven strings are fed into two rare, vintage, handmade, traditional beads from Afghanistan (6.7 mm). They are made up of 18 ct gold on silver on hardened resin.
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 their techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and the yellow gold colour give the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
I have used a gold filled 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 18 inches long.
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