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  1. Ref 1399
    £355.00

    • Antique gold plated pendant from Afghanistan of a female portrait in the Hellenistic style, with flowing hair (4 cm)
    • antique brass from West Africa (13.5 mm)
    • antique handmade brass and silver beads inlaid with carnelian (20 mm), from Turkistan
    • amber nuggets (8 mm)
    • copal nuggets (20 mm). Copal is young amber, anywhere from 1 millions years old to just 250 years old, whereas amber can be 15 million years old
    • length 49cm with 4cm pendant drop
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  2. Ref 1609

    Regular Price: £575.00

    Special Price £490.00

    • This striking piece of Cognac coloured natural glowing amber is set in an Art Nouveau style silver setting, full of detail and style.  It is 1½ inches (4 cm) long by 1¼ inches wide  (3.5 cm) and 11 mm deep.
    • The necklace itself is made up of natural, faceted cylinders of Tiger’s Eye in not only the more commonly known colour of gold but of blue and red. They are 17 mm. by 12 mm.
    • Tiger’s eye is a gemstone that is usually a metamorphic rock with golden to red-brown colours and a silky lustre. As a member of the quartz group, tiger’s eye is related to the blue-coloured mineral called hawk’s eye, again with the silky, lustrous appearance. The largest number of tiger’s eye stone can be found in South Africa and Thailand. The stone got its name because it resembles the eye of a tiger.
    • The silver is hammered (18 mm) and is made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. The four melon shaped silver beads are from Korea (15 mm).
    • Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver.  I mostly choose to use their silver because each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created.  I know that artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process.  Their work is fairly paid, and as a result, their beads are much more expensive. But a family is supported and wonderful beads and jewellery are produced in high quality silver.
    • I have used a silver toggle clasp because are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
    • The clasp is a 14K gold toggle clasp.  I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite secure.
    • The necklace is 17 ¾ inches long (45 cm) with a 1 ½ inch pendant drop
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  3. Ref 1656
    £550.00

    • The juicy colour of these natural slices of Australian chrysoprase draws the eye like a magnet. It’s almost a cricket green.  But each slice has its own mottled and veined pattern, with touches of the rusty brown rock coming through in places.
    • Because of the rusty brown veins, I added the whisky toned natural Baltic amber, which gives a zing and a resonance to the necklace.
    • Each slice varies in size, from 1½ inches across (4 cm) down to ¾ of an inch across (2 cm). Chrysoprase was used by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians to make seals in jewellery and other ornamental objects.  They loved its vivid colour.  The modern word come from the literal Greek translation, chrusos, meaning golden, and prason, meaning leek, pointing to the golden leek colour of the stone.
    • The natural Baltic amber glows with warmth and is 1 ¾ inches across (4.5 cm) by 1 ¼ inches wide (3 cm) and 16 mm deep.
    • The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber.  It dates from 44 million years ago.   Amber is fossilized tree resin.  It has been estimated that these Baltic forests created more than 100,000tons of amber.
    • I have used a vermeil toggle clasp.  Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver 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 20 inches long or 51 cm.
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  4. Ref 1841
    £500.00

    • Natural Amber on Necklace of Natural Blue Lace Agate and Carved Owls
    • I love the combination of sky blue and caramel. It goes so well with jeans and a white shirt.
    • This natural, whisky tone amber pendant in a free form shape is a lustrous piece that makes you want to finger it. It is. 4 cm wide by 5 cm long and 17.8 mm deep, a substantial piece of amber, yet wonderfully light.
    • It hangs on 7.7 mm nuggets of natural blue chalcedony, on a necklace of natural, blue lace agate beads (20 mm). And these are indeed a forget-me-not blue.
    • Two endearing, hand carved, signed boxwood ojime owls, (18 mm x 16.5 mm), inlaid with horn eyes, echo the amber colour. They are lively and well carved.
    • Ojime were carved, decorative toggles used by the Japanese to support their Inro, or a box-like purse for men. These are not old pieces. But they are made by master carvers in China.
    • Owl qualities in Asia as well as in classical Mediterranean cultures, emphasized wisdom, intuition and protection.
    • Two natural nuggets of whisky toned amber (18.7 mm) sit underneath a vintage (rare) handmade 18K gold on brass on hardened resin beads (16 mm), made in Afghanistan. These Afghan gadrooned and etched beads were made using an ancient technique, learned when Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, bringing artisans with many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 K gold was used. But one of the techniques used was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly.
    • I have then knotted the silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knot” as well as the “button knot”. This is not only a classical Chinese technique, but it lightens the necklace and makes it quite comfortable to wear. It also sets off the design. The cord can be easily cleaned.
    • A vermeil toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • Length 46 cm.
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  5. Ref 1918
    £600.00

    • On one side of this necklace is a wonderful piece of honey coloured amber with a transparent toffee coloured amber surrounding a central cloud core of honey amber
    • the amber is flanked by vintage Chinese coins and handmade brass beads from Turkestan
    • the rest of the necklace consists of chrysocolla polished pebbles
    • vintage handmade traditional Afghan 18 ct gold on silver on resin beads
    • vermeil toggle clasp
    • length 50cm
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  6. Ref 1928
    £575.00

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    • A large free form piece of amber in a whisky colour, is flanked by silver discs
    • mat onyx open pierced cylinders
    • rough cut mat rock crystal, in octagonal slices, and with natural inclusions of red
    • copal nuggets
    • mat onyx beads
    • handmade Fairtrade woven silver toggle clasp by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand
    • length 51cm
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  7. Ref 1957
    £700.00

    • Butterscotch natural amber pendant in a triangular shape,(5 cm x 4 cm x 16.8 mm deep);  But oh so light and in a delicious glowing colour;
    • It hangs on tiny, etched silver beads (2.2 mm) made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand;
    • Two woven silver boxes (15.5 mm) are also made by the Karen hill tribes.
    • Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver; each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created;  Artisans in Northern Thailand produce this unique silversmithing in small villages, involving whole families in the process;  Their work is fairly paid, and as a result, their beads are much more expensive; But it means a family is supported and wonderful beads and jewellery are produced in high quality silver
    • Two slices of cognac colour natural amber (approx. 5.5 mm x 19 mm);
    • Two vintage, carved, burnt nephrite jade cylinders (20.9 mm x 24.9 mm);
    • Two large octagonal, silver on hardened resin beads (23.8 mm), have been traditionally crafted in Afghanistan;
    • Polished onyx discs ( 24.8 mm) and coconut discs ( 20 mm);
    • Two transparent, cognac toned, liquid looking amber nuggets, (varying in size, but roughly 20 mm x 28 mm);
    • Two hammered silver wide discs ( 16.9 mm x 9 mm) made by the Karen tribes;
    • Two interestingly shaped beads of silver from South Korea (16.8 mm x 24 mm);
    • Two mat onyx breads (14 mm) and (7 mm)
    • Karen hill tribe silver toggle clasp, using twisted silver wire to make a rope design; Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure; My silver name label is attached at the clasp;
    • Length 44 cm with 5 cm pendant drop;
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  8. Ref 1963
    £590.00

    • Statement necklace of substantial elements, all varying  in size and not particularly matched;
    • Large, polished stones of brilliant blue lapis (27.5mm x 35 mm)
    • Good- sized nuggets of whisky toned amber (28.7 mm x 13.6mm).
    • Impressive, rough- cut chunks of rock crystal (32 mm x 24 mm)
    • Vintage Chinese brass coins (26 mm) with gold plated silver cylinder beads (17 mm) in between the coins.
    • Mat lapis cylinder discs (25 mm x 17.7 mm)
    • Large, golden amber nuggets (32.8 mm x 27.6 mm x 16 mm deep).
    • A substantial, vintage, nephrite jade, chocolate colour bead, carved in a swirl (29.6 mm)
    • Large, antique, white nephrite jade bead, carved in a decorative design (29 mm).
    • Jumbo, handmade brass, globe bead from Nigeria (26.8 mm) finishes the array of elements.
    • Traditional Chinese knotting, using their “flat and button knots” on a silk/polyester cord;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp; Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure; My silver name label is attached at the clasp;
    • Length 49 cm;
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  9. Ref 1967
    £1,100.00

    • Stunning necklace with the wow factor;
    • Nine strands of natural Amber nuggets in a whisky colour;
    • On seven of the strands, the nuggets average 7 mm;
    • Two strands, the nuggets average 10 mm; Big impact, light necklace;
    • All nine strands feed into two, 17 mm vintage, etched, handmade beads from Afghanistan, made of 18 ct gold on silver on hardened resin;
    • I have been using these Afghanistan crafted gold beads for a very long time because I charming craftsmanship their work achieves. But they are now rare beads and more costly than ever, if found. 
    • Vermeil toggle clasp; toggle clasps are secure and easy to use; my silver name label is attached at the clasp;
    • Length 44 cm and 7 cm wide;
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  10. Ref 1969
    £780.00

    • Four strand statement necklace of natural, varied elements in neutral colours and full of interest;
    • As size and elements vary hugely, I shall omit measurements;
    • BOTTOM STRAND:
    • Seed- pods in gold and russet tones, with antique carved bone cylinder;
    • STRAND THREE:
    • Much more complex;
    • 14 carved bone cylinders punctuate the beads
    • Synthetic amber bead, chosen for the colour
    • Antique, 18th century honey coloured, striated agate cylinder from Afghanistan
    • Wonderful amber piece with a glow of cognac
    • Carved wood bead from India
    • Mottled, honey agate bead
    • Extraordinary, woven straw cylinder, from China
    • Antique nephrite jade in celadon with russet veins
    • Carved resin bead, chosen for interest and colour
    • Antique, calcified, nephrite jade
    • Vintage, handmade brass cylinder from West Africa, made by using the lost wax technique
    • Striped, russet wood cylinder
    • A carved wood bead with a dragon;
    • STRAND TWO: 
    • This is also complex
    • Three butterscotch agate beads
    • Three bone cylinder beads
    • Antique, etched, tan nephrite beads
    • Vintage Venetian glass cylinder
    • Knobbly seed pod
    • Honey jasper rectangle
    • Vintage brass bead from West Africa, using their lost wax technique
    • Two honey toned agate cubes
    • Landscape jasper bead
    • Antique nephrite jade cylinder in a linen tone
    • Seed- pod from the bodhi tree under which Buddha was to have sat
    • Golden amber in rich tones
    • Carved russet wood
    • Antique nephrite jade barrel in cream and  marbleized colours
    • Carved bone rabbit, about to leap
    • Antique, 18th century striated cream agate cylinder from Afghanistan
    • Antique, golden nephrite jade bead, carved in a bamboo shape
    • Slim yellow opal bead
    • TOP STRAND;
    • Elements are repeated but there are some different, special pieces.
    • Delightful carved bone turtle crawling along the strand 
    • Celadon Jadeite open work carved ball
    • Two carved bone basket weave beads
    • Antique carved tan jade barrel
    • Horn bead
    • Antique tan, nephrite jade cylinder
    • Tibetan worked agate bead
    • Bone, etched Mahjong counter
    • All strands feeds into vintage, etched, handmade beads (14.5 mm) from Afghanistan, made of 18 ct gold on silver on hardened resin;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp; Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure; My silver name label is attached at the clasp;
    • Length 46 cm and 7 cm wide;
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