Admittedly, this is almost requires an encyclopaedia to describe the varied elements. But it is a head turner of a necklace, full of fascination and beauty. I shall try to give you a detailed description of what is on this necklace. Everything is natural, unless stated otherwise.
Basically, these are natural, golden seeds (8 mm) with an antique carved bone cylinder (35 mm x 7 mm).
A much more complex strand:
A Carved wood bead (14 mm)
14 carved bone cylinders (13 mm) punctuating the beads
One synthetic amber bead (20 mm), chosen for the colour
Large, antique, 18th century agate cylinder from Afghanistan (30 mm x 18 mm), striated and in a honey colour
Wonderful piece of amber with a glow of cognac (42 mm x 17 mm),
Carved wood bead from India ( (19 mm)
A mottled, honey tone agate bead (20 mm)
Extraordinary, woven straw cylinder, from China (31 mm x 19 mm)
Antique nephrite jade in celadon with russet veins (27 mm x 15 mm
Carved resin bead, chosen for interest and colour (18 mm)
Antique nephrite jade, that has been calcified (24 mm x 20 mm)
Vintage, handmade, brass barrel from West Africa, made by using the lost wax technique (21 mm x 16 mm)
A striped, russet wood cylinder (31 mm x 15 mm)
A carved wood bead with a dragon (19 mm).
This is also complex
Three butterscotch agate beads (average measurement of 14 mm);
Two honey tone agate cubes (11 mm).
Three slim carved bone cylinders (12 mm)
One vintage honey coloured, etched jade bead (14 mm)
One vintage Venetian glass cylinder bead (28 mm x 12 mm);
A knobbly tan seed- pod (13.6 mm)
One rectangle of honey jasper (25 mm x 16 mm)
A vintage, lost wax brass bead from West Africa (12 mm)
Two agate cubes (11 mm)
One landscape jasper bead (12 mm)
Antique nephrite jade, barrel in a linen colour ( 22 mm x 15 mm)
The speckled golden bead is a seed from the Bodhi tree under which Buddha was said to have sat (15 mm)
Vintage nephrite jade bead in sand tones (14 mm)
Amber piece (38 mm x 13 mm) in rich, golden and textured colours
A russet colour, carved wood bead (16 mm)
Vintage nephrite jade barrel in a sand and marbleized colour (17 mm x 12mm)
A carved bone hare ready to leap
One antique, 18th century striated, cream, agate cylinder (30 mm x 13 mm), from Afghanistan.
One antique, golden nephrite jade bead (15 mm x 9 mm), carved in a bamboo shape
One slim, yellow cream, opal bead (4 mm).
The last strand has many repeated elements, which I hope you will recognise. But the unlisted elements are:
A delightful, carved bone turtle crawl along the string (21 mm x 14 mm)
One celadon Jadeite open work carved ball (13 mm)
Two carved bone basket weave beads (14 mm)
An antique, carved tan nephrite jade barrel (20 mm x 13 mm)
A horn bead (14 mm)
An antique tan, nephrite jade cylinder (21 mm x 10 mm)
A Tibetan worked agate bead (20 mm x 13 mm)
A bone, etched Mahjong counter (23 mm x 13 mm)
All strands feed into 14.5 mm vintage, handmade beads from Afghanistan, made of 18 ct gold on silver on hardened resin,( now a rare bead)
Gold filled on silver toggle clasp are used. 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 and 2 ¾ inches wide.
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