This wonderful, antique Victorian, faceted amethyst necklace is fairly long, with beads that are graduated so that the smallest bead is 5.9 mm and the largest bead is 12.4 mm. It has the original, knotting (still in excellent condition), and the necklace uses the original Victorian, silver marcasite clasp called "pompadour". The amethysts sparkle with a lovely purple colour.
But when you combine Victorian faceted amethysts with natural, lavender jade the end results are completely divine. Lavender jade in itself is so special.
The lavender jadeite pendant, (1 ¾ inch long, or 4.5 cm) by 1 inch wide (2.5 cm) and 11 mm deep, has been carved with a bat at the front, and a bat at the back, hovering over a double gourd.
To the Chinese, two bats signify prosperity. While the double gourd is a symbol of protection and blessing. It is called hulu. The first character, hu, is the homophone of the word to protect and it also means blessing. It also has associations with happiness.
The lovely mottled colour of lustrous jade ranges from a deeper lilac tone to a lighter, softer colour.
The. Pendant hangs on a baroque grey cultured pearl (11 mm) and tiny 3mm baroque grey pearls.
The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
The necklace is 25 inches long (63 cm) with a 2 ½ inch pendant drop ( 6 cm).
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