This large vintage piece of golden jade is carved in a traditional design with two large dragon heads on each side, two carved dragon on the top and two serpents on the bottom. The raised carving is done in great detail. The carving is the same on both sides. The jade is 5 1/2” by 2 3/4”. I have beaded the jade with 14 mm golden serpentine that has a slight greenish hue. Both the jade and the serpentine have a lot f translucency. The necklace is 20” around and is finished with a large 18k gold vermeil hook clasp. This is a dramatic and elegant necklace.
The dragon is the imperial emblem of the Emperors in China, especially from the from the Han period where their coat of arms shows two dragons fighting for the fiery pearl. The dragon is a supernatural creature and is the symbol of power, strength, wisdom and goodness. It represents the utmost in accomplishment: good luck and a successful life. It is also believed to be the guardian of hidden treasures. It represents the spirit of growth and change.
The serpent is symbolic of woman and represents intelligence and wisdom. Those born during year of the snake are wise and attractive people who attain their goals. Traditionally the Chinese believe that a serpent in the house is a good omen because it means your family will not starve.
Called the stone of heaven, jade has worn jade for centuries by Chinese royalty. It has been used since the Neolithic times for tools, weaponry, amulets, vases and figurines because of its hardness. It is believed to be a spiritual stone and has been called the jewel of heaven. It represents the five principal virtues: charity, modesty, courage, justice and wisdom. From cloudy white to golden brown, light to dark green, to rare lavender, jade is the most highly prized Asian gemstone. Jade has been regarded as the most precious stone for thousands of years and is treasured for its magical powers. It is believed to protect the wearer and ensure good luck and good health as well as to increase life span, which is why most Asians put a jade bangle on a baby’s arm and wear jade themselves.
Serpentine is often called new jade. It can occur in a variety of colors including red, green, brown-red, brown-yellow and white. It was often carried as an amulet for protection against witchcraft and evil spirits in ancient times.
Carved Golden Jade Quadruple Dragons, Golden Serpentine Necklace
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