A number of years ago I was able to come across this vintage vermeil pendant from Afghanistan. It, along with others, were part of an old necklace and quite frankly, I fell for this piece because it is so ancient in its design. It is a female portrait, embossed in a Hellenistic style, with her flowing hair and her high waisted robe. It is 4 cm long by 3 cm. wide.
She is surmounted by a vintage, (now rare) handmade 18K gold-on-silver-on-hardened resin bead (12 mm) from Afghanistan. This was made by the ancient Afghan craft of taking sheet metal and moulding it over hardened resin, a technique handed down through the craftsmen of Alexander the Great in 330 BC.
Lastly, I have used an antique, royal blue, moulded glass bead (12 mm) from Thailand.
The blue and yellow gold make a rich combination with the handmade, cranberry silk/polyester band.
The band’s clasp consists of a jade bead which fits into one of two stretchable which fits into silk rings, enabling the wearer to vary the length. My silver label is attached at the ring.
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 18 ¼ inches long (46 cm) with a 2 ½ inch pendant drop (6 cm).
Vintage Vermeil Pendant and beads on Cranberry Silk Band
£135 GBP REDUCED
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