This is quite an amazing bit of carving on this large grey nephrite jade Bi disc. Dragons are the emblem of the Emperor, his strength and enjoyment. But the dragon also signifies “Chi” or the universal source of energy. The Bi disc itself symbolizes harmony and long life, so this disc is fully packed with goodness. It is also a wonderful lustrous grey colour and size (almost 2 ½ inches across and 12 mm deep).
It hangs on two strands of 5 mm agate beads.
The necklace is comprised of four vivid, pebbles of tourmaline quartz (approximately 24 mm x 27 mm).
There are four large (14.5 mm), petrol coloured, cultured, freshwater, baroque pearls. And there are four substantial, embossed silver beads, hand crafted by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. Two beads are 15 mm x 21 mm; and two beads are 19 mm.
Silver toggle clasp is also made by the Karen hill tribes, using twisted silver wires to create a rope design; toggle clasps are secure and easy to use; my silver name label is attached at the clasp;
Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver. I mostly choose to use their silver because each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created. I know that artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process. Their work is fairly paid, and as a result, their beads are much more expensive. But a family is supported and wonderful beads and jewellery are produced in high quality silver.
I have then knotted a silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knot” as well as the “button knot”. This is not only a classical Chinese technique, but it lightens the necklace and makes it quite comfortable to wear.
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 with a 2½ inch pendant drop.
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