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  1. Ref 1717
    £525.00

    • Antique black nephrite jade carved conch shell (6 cm long), an emblem of communication because Buddha was said to have used one to spread his beliefs
    • bamboo coral, carved rough, and sliced cylinders
    • coral is a symbol of longevity and advancement
    • carved black lacquer beads with long life and double happiness characters
    • handmade Fairtrade hammered silver by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand, including the clasp
    • hand knotted silk/polyester cord using traditional Chinese button and flat knots
    • it was originally a toggle because there are two holes at the back where a cord would be threaded through
    • Carved bamboo coral melon bead, 9.5 mm
    • Large bamboo coral bead at 26.5 mm
    • 18.8 mm Karen hill tribe silver beads
    • length 47cm with 6cm pendant drop
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  2. Ref 1840
    £575.00

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    • Necklace of Antique Natural Turquoise, Inlaid Coral, Chinese Coins
    • This wonderful, flattering necklace is full of interest and diversity. I have linked the varied elements to each other so that although there is variety, it comes together in a harmonious design and statement.
    • At the centre of the necklace sits an antique piece of natural turquoise, a large cylinder in a rich turquoise, patina. It is 30 mm x 15 mm.
    • Paired on either side are two large, (rare) vintage, handmade, traditional Afghan beads (24 mm), made of 18K gold-on-silver-on-hardened resin. The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan in 330 BC, his people brought 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 was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly.
    • Next, there are two slivers of natural turquoise (20 mm), followed by two, vintage, brilliant, bamboo coral nuggets (26 mm x 18 mm), inlaid with turquoise and brass. These are crafted in Tibet.
    • Six vintage brass Chinese coins, two of which are a green/bronze colour, act as spacers.
    • Two further turquoise nuggets (20 mm x 27 mm), lead to two vintage Tibetan beads of inlaid coral, brass and turquoise (21 mm). Tibetan writing in inlaid brass decorate the belly of the bead.
    • And lastly, there are two bamboo coral cylinders (21mm x 15mm), pitted and textured in a rich scarlet.
    • 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 50 cm.
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  3. Ref 1900
    £390.00

    • Natural coral cylinders (18 mm), in all there are textured imperfections, interspersed with mat onyx beads (15.2 mm)
    • red bamboo coral (24 mm) in the centre is flanked by handmade hammered Fairtrade silver by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand, including the woven silver toggle clasp
    • polished onyx discs flank the silver beads
    • length 48cm
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  4. Ref 1922
    £550.00

    • This is once again, a “statement” necklace.  It is a wow piece of jewellery, a head- turner.
    • It’s those large cranberry red bamboo coral beads (27 mm), contrasted with the carved, black, natural nephrite jade, Bi disc and the dazzle of the traditional handmade silver on hardened resin beads from Afghanistan, that makes the necklace a show stopper.
    • It is not a light necklace to wear, but the Chinese knotting lessens the weight and makes it more comfortable to wear.  And once on, the weight is not noticeable.
    • The Bi disc is important to the Chinese because it is a symbol of harmony and long life. It is 2 ¾ inches across (7 cm) and 12 mm deep.
    • The two silver Afghanistan beads (24 mm) are octagonal in shape. The Afghan craftsman has taken sheet silver and moulded it around a hardened resin shape.
    • The bamboo coral is dyed (and sealed). The dyed coral has been injected with a dye that completely colours the white natural coral.
    • I have then knotted the silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knot” as well as the “button knot”.  This is a classical Chinese technique.
    • A silver toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp.  The clasp has been
    • made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver to create a rope design.
    • 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 19 inches long (48 cm) with a 2¼inch pendant drop (6 cm)
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  5. Ref 1936
    £120.00

    • Hand carved polished onyx Shou character (27 mm across x 5 mm deep), a symbol of longevity, hangs with a brushed silver lantern bead from India (8.5  mm), on a necklace of polished onyx tubes (4 mm x 10 mm); alternating with silver discs (9.8 mm), sponge coral cubes (9.6 mm), mother of pearl, ( 4 mm x 10 mm) and mat onyx beads (8 mm);
    • Vermeil toggle clasp;
    • Length 41 cm
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  6. Ref 1998
    £500.00

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    • This extraordinary cylinder bead, known as a medieval mosaic bead, originated somewhere in the Middle East. We know that this type of mosaic glass work, with its patterns and techniques, flourished mostly between the 7th and 12th centuries. The design of this cylinder displays a wide mix of skills: millefiori/mosaic, trailed, combed, fused glass rods. This cylinder is much like an amulet, worn to bring good luck and protection. It has been sealed at the top and bottom with an 18K gold plate. The cylinder, a rich blend of navy blue, scarlet, yellow and white, is 5 cm long and 18 mm in diameter. Under a magnifying glass, the mosaic work can be seen.
    • Hand carved natural lapis rectangles (22 mm x 16 mm), seemed to showcase this vivid cylinder. And as lapis comes from Afghanistan, the materiel seems all the more appropriate.
    • I have added dark scarlet coral discs (11.6 mm) to echo the red mosaic.
    • Two vintage, (now rare) handmade beads from Afghanistan (15.5 mm) flank the cylinder. And at the end, there are two more of these beads, (7.7 m). Using their traditional techniques, the Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18K gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
    • 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 its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • Length 52 cm.
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  7. Ref 2004
    £625.00

    • This necklace makes a big impact. The berry red, French blue and yellow gold create a rich aura.
    • But the strongest piece on the necklace is the antique Tudor Dynasty, open-work, Bronze disc (5 cm in diameter x 2.9 mm thick). This was a piece that was excavated in Hampshire, England, having been buried for centuries. It has been cleaned, and from that restored cleaning, this warm, gold tone bronze emerged. It has been dated between 500-600 years old.
    • I have placed it on a necklace of four substantial, unpolished lapis discs (24 mm x 18 mm), and four equally impressive discs of a berry red bamboo coral (26mm x 12.7 mm).
    • Four large, (21.8 mm x 15.5 mm) vintage, rare, 18K gold-on-silver-on-hardened resin beads from Afghanistan compliment the bronze. These are handmade, etched and gadrooned melon beads. There are two further Afghan beads at the end of the necklace (12 mm).
    • The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 ct gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
    • Two discs of French blue, Peking glass (20 mm) complete the design.
    • I have then knotted the French blue 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.
    • 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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  8. Ref 2024
    £190.00

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    • Striking and simple…who can lose with red and black?
    • Hanging on a hand-knotted black cord band, made of silk and polyester, is a natural red, sponge coral Bi disc measuring 4 cm across and 9 mm deep, supported by more natural red, sponge coral beads (6 mm).
    • The Bi disc in Asia, is a symbol of harmony and long life, which means, the wearer takes on these wonderful attributes.
    • The beads feed into a large, handmade, sterling silver bead (18.9 mm) made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. It has been deeply embossed in a swirl pattern.
    • 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.
    • A red jasper cylinder bead (11 mm) sits on top of the silver bead.
    • The necklace is fastened by strong cord loops which fits securely over a large cord button knot. My silver name label is attached at the loops.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • Length 44 cm with a 7.5 cm pendant drop.
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  9. Ref 2038
    £175.00

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    • Happily, this is quite a light necklace.
    • All the sterling silver is made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. Karen hill tribe silver which is 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.
    • The charming vintage silver elephant, with his etched ears, upraised trunk, toe nails, hair, and tusks, has an additional amusing touch: the silversmith has added a leaf attached to the down turned tail. Also, his tongue stretches out for something to eat. He is inlaid with coral and measures 5 cm wide, 3.5 cm high and 11.5 mm deep.
    • There are two etched silver beads at 18 mm. And between those beads there is a black jade piece which resembles wings with two eggs within. It is 2.5 cm in diameter.
    • Lastly, a carved bamboo coral melon bead (14 mm) echoes the coral in the elephant, and is topped by a sterling silver bead of 6.5 mm.
    • All the elements hang on a handmade black silk/polyester chain, which, on one of the rings hangs my silver name label.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • Length 48 cm.
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  10. Ref 2041
    £425.00

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    • This is unquestionably an impact necklace. If you want to make a wow statement as you enter a room, this cranberry coloured, bamboo coral necklace will do it. Ok, it’s not a light necklace. I won’t pretend it’s a feather weight. But I have added Chinese cord knotting at the top end of the necklace to make it lighter to wear, and more comfortable. Having been asked by clients to make a necklace that produces a powerful effect, this is my answer. It does the trick.
    • There are two strands of good-sized bamboo coral beads, each 22 mm. But aside from the size, the colour is a rich cranberry, an unusual tone for bamboo coral. This is a dyed colour, as all bamboo coral is dyed. But the colour achieved is not an easy one to produce. It’s a warm, luscious colour, which the makers have stabilized and added a polish to the beads to give further lustre.
    • Bamboo coral is found under the deep-sea water. It is composed of calcium carbonate and its formation is much like tree branches, comprising alternating nodes. Because they look like bamboo, they were given the name, bamboo coral. Their natural colour is white to light beige.
    • Two wonderfully gadrooned pumpkin beads of pure silver handmade by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand complete the design.
    • I have then knotted the black 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.
    • A silver toggle clasp has been used because toggle clasps are easy to use and secure. My silver name label is attached at the clasp. The clasp has also been made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver wires to create a rope design.
    • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • Length 48 cm.
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