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  1. Ref 1498
    £450.00

    • As dragons go, this is an impressive beast.  But for the Chinese, the dragon is a benign character, a symbol of the Emperor and his power, dominance, influence and playfulness, as well as an emblem of the universal source of energy, known as “Chi”.
    • This dragon seems to be almost stretching his long neck, while his tail curls behind his back legs.  He is a vintage piece of nephrite jade, calcified with age.  The sandy colouration is natural.  He comes at 4½ inches long (11 cm), 1 inch wide (2.5 cm) and 4.9 mm thick.
    • The dragon hangs on 3 mm crystal beads, on a long necklace of antique carved rock crystal, melon beads (9.6) from Afghanistan.
    • Interspersed among the rock crystal beads are small, vintage, 18k gold on silver, on hardened resin beads, handmade by craftsmen in Afghanistan, giving the necklace a warmth and richness.
    • 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.  For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace 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.
    • The necklace is 20½ inches long (52 cm) with a pendant drop of 4 ½ inches (11 cm).
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  2. Ref 1499
    £450.00

    • Asian dragons have many shapes, but one in particular resembles a snake, with a long, slender body.  This piece of vintage nephrite jade comes into that category.  For the Chinese the dragon is an important symbol, meaning both the vital universal source of energy, known as “chi”, and an emblem of the Emperor himself, full of power and influence and yet quite playful.  This dragon comes in at 3 inches in length (7.5 cm), yet ¼ of an inch wide (1 cm) and 7 mm thick.  He is a carved tan-tone piece of jade, carved in a swirl.
    • He reaches up for an aquamarine bead (11 mm) and is attached by vermeil beads (3.6 mm).
    • The necklace is fairly long, at 20 inches (51cm) and is made up of harmonious colours that unite and complement the dragon.
    • Fourteen cylinders of translucent aquamarine (9 mm) punctuate the antique, hand carved smoky quartz beads (10.5 mm) from Afghanistan.
    • Four antique carved nephrite jade beads (11m x 15 mm x 8 mm deep) in the shape of tortoiseshells give texture and further interest.
    • And finally, throughout the necklace are the (now rare), vintage, handmade, etched 18k gold on silver on hardened resin beads from Afghanistan.  Ten of these beads are 7mm, while the two front beads are 9.6 mm.
    • This is a traditional technique.  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, 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 the yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character, which 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.
    • The necklace is fairly long, at 20 inches (51cm) with a 3 inch pendant drop (7.5 cm).
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  3. Ref 1733
    £550.00

    • When I first saw this antique Georgian (1820) cut-steel shoe buckle, I was smitten.  With its faceted sparkle of the cut steel, made in a paisley shape with flowers and leaves, I could imagine an elegant Georgian lady choosing this for her exquisite shoes to parade in the “pleasure gardens” of London.
    • The buckle is just under 2 ½ inches wide (6 cm) and 1 ½ inches high (3.5 cm) and 2.5 mm deep.
    • The buckle is attached by tiny (2mm) cut and faceted silver beads, to a necklace of rock crystal and silver.
    • The rock crystal cylinders are rough cut and have inclusions, abrasions, crystallizations and have been left in a mat finish. They may look imperfect, but that is the intension and the natural state.  I wanted to cut the sparkle with the mat and rough cut effect. The cylinders vary in size but are roughly 15 mm and 29 mm long.
    • In between the crystal, I was able to find these wonderful cut sterling silver beads (12 mm) in China.  There are also brushed silver octagonal discs from India (16 mm) and two small Karen hill tribe beads (7 mm), which are handmade silver from Thailand.
    • I have used a silver 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 19 inches long (48 cm)with a pendant  drop of 1 ¾ inches (5 cm)
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  4. Ref 1823
    £550.00

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    • Deeply carved jadeite fan is of a good apple green, slightly leaning to spinach colour; It is so well carved you can imagine the fan closing;
    • The fan symbolizes grace, scholarship and kindness; Its decoration has been carved with the branch from a cherry tree, a reference to beauty and femininity; At its widest, the fan is 6 cm, narrowing to 8 mm. and 5.5 mm deep
    • Carnelian bead (10.5 mm) tops the pendant, which hangs on 6 mm aventurine beads.
    • Vintage, 18 ct gold on silver on hardened resin beads, handmade in Afghanistan (14 mm): Traditionally made, using ancient techniques, these are now rare beads; 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 ct gold was used; One of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly; this handiwork and the yellow gold colour give the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems;
    • Two vintage, hand carved jadeite beads (14 mm);
    • Two vintage, carved barrels of calcified nephrite jade 12 mm x 16.5 mm).
    • Vibrant jadeite beads (14 mm)
    • Flanked by rock crystal cylinders (28 mm x 15.5 mm).
    • Paler green jadeite beads in the form of a puzzle ball, or a ball within a ball (15.5 mm)
    • Bone cylinders (13.5 mm), etched in green and red.
    • Soft, apple green jadeite beads (14.5 mm)
    • Vermeil toggle clasp; Name label is attached at the clasp.
    • Length 43 cm
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  5. 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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  6. Ref 1934
    £130.00

    • Carnelian carved bamboo beads (8 mm x 12 mm) alternate with vintage traditionally crafted Afghan etched 18ct gold on brass on resin beads (7 mm), with carnelian beads incised with gold Chinese archaic characters (10 mm) and vintage crystal nuggets (9 mm x 15 mm);
    • On one side of the necklace is an antique Chinese gilt brass button (30 mm), which was originally sewn onto a hat or silk robe, and attached by vermeil beads;
    • Length 43 cm
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  7. Ref 1935
    £290.00

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    • Carved lapis rings (10 mm) alternate with green aventurine (7 mm)
    • Rock crystal faceted cylinders (19 mm x 12 mm), some with inclusions
    • Lapis flat, square nuggets (14 mm)
    • On one side of the necklace, a carved apple green carved jade oval bead (14 mm x 23 mm)
    • Framed by slim, fair trade, pure silver, vertical cylinders (12 mm x 6 mm) handmade by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand
    • Silver toggle clasp, both secure and easy to use; My silver name label is attached at clasp
    • Length 44 cm
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  8. Ref 1953
    £290.00

    • Green carved Burma jadeite disc (24 mm across x 9 mm deep); This is known to the Chinese as a Bi disc, an emblem of harmony and long life;
    • Labradorite disc (11 mm);
    • Rock crystal faceted bullets (20 mm x 8.5 mm);
    • Heat-treated apple green aventurine beads inset with gold plated dragons (10 mm);
    • Dragons, are a symbol of the Emperor, his power and playfulness, as well as the universal source of energy, referred to as “Chi”;
    • Rare, vintage, handmade and embossed traditional Afghan beads (8 mm), using their special and ancient techniques of placing 18 ct gold, over silver, over hardened resin;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp;
    • Length 46 cm
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  9. Ref 1956
    £650.00

    • An antique, calcified, nephrite jade pendant (7 cm x 2.5 cm x 5.9 mm deep) of a pair of etched dragons, reminiscent of a medieval letter, with swirls and curlicues;
    • The dragon represents the Emperor, his dominance and yet gentle playfulness;
    • It also signifies the universal source of energy or “chi”;
    • Mat onyx 4 mm beads support the pendant;
    • This is a necklace of many parts:
    • A pair of brushed gold on silver globe beads from India (11.5 mm);
    • Antique, carved, rock crystal beads from Afghanistan (14.9 mm x 25 mm);
    • Mat onyx cubes (12 mm);
    • Cylinders of natural cream bamboo coral (14 mm x 23.5 mm);
    • Brushed gold plated silver discs (13.8 mm) pair around more rock crystal;
    • Long, open-worked barrel cylinders of onyx (12.8 x 30.9 mm);
    • Vermeil toggle clasp;
    • Length 48 cm with 7.5 cm pendant drop.
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  10. Ref 1961
    £1,100.00

    Out of stock

    • 2017 is the Chinese year of the Ox;
    • Signed, carved mammoth ivory of a reclining ox (23 mm long, 10 mm high and 13 mm deep);
    • Full of realistic detail: tail swishes against muscular back haunches; peaceful face has inlaid horn eyes; ears flick back;
    • For the Chinese, the ox possesses qualities of diligence, persistence and honesty and those born in the year of the Ox (which 2017 is) are considered to be dependable and possess an innate ability to achieve great things;
    • Antique carnelian buckle (4 cm x 4 cm) in mottled rust-coloured earth tones, full of warmth and patina;
    • At the bottom of the carnelian buckle is a vintage, rare, 18 ct gold on hardened resin bead, (12 mm) made in Afghanistan; 
    • All the gold beads on the necklace are in fact 18 ct gold on hardened resin, from Afghanistan (front beads at 18mm and beads throughout the necklace, at 13.6 mm).
    • I have been using these Afghanistan crafted gold beads for a very long time because I love the yellow gold and the charming craftsmanship their work achieves. It suits the designs and stone I use. But they are now rare beads and costlier than ever if found; 
    • 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 ct gold was used; But one of their techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly; These etched and gadrooned beads are their creations;
    • The pendant hangs on 3mm carnelian beads;
    • Antique, carved carnelian beads (20 mm) from Afghanistan;
    • Antique, calcified, openwork nephrite jade barrels (17.8 mm x 22.7 mm) in parchment colour, touched with ginger tones;
    • jasper cylinders (24.9mm x 15 mm) in what the Chinese call, “ox blood”colour;
    • Traditional Chinese knotting, using their “flat and button knots” on a silk/polyester cord;
    • 14 ct gold toggle clasp; Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure; My silver name label is attached at the clasp;
    • Length 43 cm with 6.5 cm pendant drop.
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