This beautiful large golden serpentine is carved in a cut out design with a dragon. It is 3” wide by 2” tall. On top is serpentine double happiness disk. The entire pendant drops 3 1/2” from some translucent 11m mm natural blue agate beads. The necklace hangs low on the body - it is 26 1/2” around and the pendant increases the length. It is finished with a large 18k gold vermeil hook clasp. This is a unique and dramatic 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.
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.
Agate is a variety of chalcedony. It is formed from layers of quartz and many are banded of layers of various colors. It is the birthstone for September and the Zodiacal sign of Gemini. Ancient civilizations believed that wearing agate would make them invisible and would protect them from danger. In Roman times it was believed that wearing agate as an amulet would also insure a great harvest. For many years agate was believed to be a healing stone as well as one that would bring prosperity.
I can alter the length of this necklace if desired.