Without a doubt this is one of those show stopper necklaces that you can’t take your eyes off of. It’s so full of interest and yet so flattering, like a collar of greens and umbers.
There are four strands, each different than the other. And all the stones have different sizes and shapes, so it’s quite impossible to measure any of them. All stones and elements are natural, unless described otherwise.
A range of grassy green, chrysoprase stones, all different in size and shape
Dotted throughout the strand are antique and vintage nephrite jade beads and cylinders, mostly in tan, burnt umber and russet shades of natural nephrite jade. Some are plain, one carved to create an open –work barrel, and others are etched.
There are also apple green jade beads
And one, faceted, celery coloured serpentine stones
There is a resin oval, two- tone bead, imitating amber, (chosen for its colour)
And just for fun and a surprise, there is a carved boxwood ojimi (17 mm x 22 mm) of two mice wrapped around each other, both with inlaid eyes of horn. This is also a signed piece.
Ojime were carved, decorative toggles used by the Japanese to support their Inro, or a box-like purse for men. This ojimiis not an old piece. But it is made by a master carver in China, whose wife I have known and bought from for many years.
The consists of smaller pieces of tangy green chrysoprase
Interspersed with the chrysoprase are vintage and antique nephrite jade beads in tones of tan, celadon, ginger; one bead is calcified.
There is also an open work celadon jadeite cylinder and a jadeite bead.
And tucked away is an antique Chinese carved Bakelite conch shell (20 mm x 9.9 mm).
The third strand is comprised of flat, lighter toned chrysoprase in an almost apple green colour.
There are more antique nephrite jade beads: one, golden in colour, in a bamboo type carving; another very dark and etched, another tan and etched and a last one a mottled brown
A faceted serpentine bead in a celery colour completes this strand.
This strand consist of aventurine beads (9.9 mm) in a basil green
There are five antique, nephrite jade beads, that are carved, and in tans and burnt sienna colours, including the large central cylinder bead at (15.8 mm x 28.6 mm) in a celadon colour with russet veins
All four strands feed into two embossed silver beads (14.8 mm x 22mm) from South Korea.
I have used a handmade, fair trade silver toggle clasp, made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand, using silver twisted wire to create a rope design. 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 and 2 ½ inches wide.
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