This is a wonderful necklace that suits so many things and always flatters. The creams, blacks, and smoky crystals work well with the gold plated beads.
The vintage, calcified, nephrite jade pendant is an appealing design. It reminds me of a medieval letter, with its swirls and curlicues. But it is actually a pair of etched dragons who meet in the middle, face to face, while their tails twirl behind them. The dragon is such an important figure to the Chinese. It represent the Emperor and reminds one of His strength and yet playfulness. But it also signifies the universal source of energy, or “chi”.
It is often very difficult to assess the age of jade because the styles are repeated throughout time and jade can work up a lovely patina quite quickly. This piece does have age, but I will only describe it as vintage, as I cannot be certain how old it is. It is 2 ¾ of an inch long, 1 inch wide and 5.9 mm deep.
The pendant hangs on 4 mm mat onyx beads, onto a necklace of many parts.
At the centre, there are two, globe-like gold on silver beads (11.5mm), made in India.
This is followed by antique, carved, rock crystal beads from Afghanistan (14.9 mm x 25 mm).
Mat onyx cubes (12 mm) are next, leading onto cylinders of natural cream bamboo coral (14 mm x 23.5 mm).
Brushed, gold plated silver discs (13.8 mm) pair around more rock crystal, and finally long, open-work cylinders of onyx (12.8 x 30.9 mm) complete the pattern, which then begins to repeat.
I have used a gold filled on silver toggle clasp because it is both easy to use and secure.
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 3 -inch pendant drop.
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