- 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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- Sage coloured silk/polyester handmade chain from which hangs a sage toned Burma jade tablet (5 cm x 3 cm x 8 mm deep), symbol of status held by nobility
- vintage celadon jade lotus shaped bead
- sponge coral bead and Bi disc (4 cm), emblem of harmony
- Victorian bronze cloak fastener (5 cm x 3 cm)
- length 36cm with 18cm pendant drop
- 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
- 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)
- 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