This is indeed a dramatic, antique nephrite jade dragon, partly calcified. It is wonderfully carved, lively in the depiction of this dragon, whose tail has curled up underneath its body. Despite looking a bit fierce, it also appears rather humorous.
The dragon always symbolises the Emperor, his power and his playfulness. But it also
signifies what is known as “Chi” which is the universal source of energy. This dragon measures 4 inches by 3 inches by 4 mm deep.
It hangs on 3 mm beads of picture jasper. And in between the jasper and the chain is a (now) rare, vintage, 18 ct gold on hardened resin melon bead (13.5 mm), made in Afghanistan in the traditional way, using their ancient techniques. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan in 330 BC, his craftsmen brought their gold making traditions, using 18 ct sheets of gold onto hardened resin beads and shapes and then
decorating them accordingly. For me, this handiwork and the yellow gold colour give the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
A good-sized (24.5mm) antique, apple green Burma jadeite bead gives a spot of colour to an otherwise neutral necklace. It has been carved with the “shou” character, which means long life.
The pendant is hung on a black silk/polyester handmade chain.
A gold-filled on silver toggle clasp is used as it is secure and easy to use. My 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 19 inches long.
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