What’s not to like? A very chic necklace made up of twelve strands of grey, russet, black, tan and petrol colours. But the star here is the vintage nephrite jade sword slide with a deeply carved dragon dancing on the top. The dragon is a symbol of the Emperor, his power and playfulness. It also signifies the universal source of energy, or “Chi”. The colour of the jade is khaki, quite understated, and a good foil for brown, grey or black. The slide is 2 ¼ inches long, 1 inch wide and 13.8 mm deep.
All the pearls are freshwater pearls, baroque, natural, cultured, and dyed. And all the stones are natural.
Dyed pearls, which most pearls are, come about through a number of techniques. The one I know, through someone who has a pearl farm in China, is one in which the pearls are placed for a month or more in a container with a liquid saturated with a powder dye. Electrodes gently move the pearls about so that they are evenly coloured. Although people say the colour can fade, I have been working (and wearing) dyed pearls for many years. As long as you don't spray perfume or hairspray onto the pearls, the colour remains. None of my pearls have faded.
The twelve strands consist of: one strand of Petrol colour (8.7 mm); four strands of very baroque grey (2.3 mm); three strands of oval russet at (3 mm); one olive/brown
(8 mm ); one strand of mat onyx (3 mm); one strand of labradorite ( 4 mm ), and one strand of hematite ( 2.2 mm).
All the strands feed into handmade, fair trade silver beads (14 mm) made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand.
The toggle clasp is also made by the Karen hill tribes, using twisted silver wires to create a rope design.
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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