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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 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Ref 1963
    £590.00

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    • 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 1972
    £790.00

    • Richly decorated, vintage, 18 ct gold on silver pendant with carnelian intaglio;
    • The carnelian has a glow to it in its rich “ox blood” colouring;
    • The carved intaglio is of the winged horse, Pegasus, a symbol of poetry and wisdom;
    • It is set into a finely carved 18 ct gold on silver pendant, made in Afghanistan; Its frame has a floral decoration, while at the back, a dear prances in the forest, framed by a Greek key design;
    • The pendant is 34 mm x 29 mm with the addition of the bale which allow it to hang; 4 mm carnelian beads are attached to the bale and the actual necklace
    • Vintage 18 ct gold on hardened resin etched beads (12.4 mm), made in Afghanistan;
    • These now rare beads came from the tradition of Alexander the Great who’s craftsmen brought to Afghanistan their gold making techniques, using 18 ct sheets of gold on hardened resin beads and shapes;
    • The warmth of this gold, and the charming workmanship brings a lovely patina to a necklace.
    • There are two, vintage nephrite jade bead, which are slightly calcified; These are carved, open work barrels (18 mm x 13 mm);
    • The jasper, is like what the Chinese call “ox blood” in colour (25 mm x12 mm) 
    • Cloudy, slightly faceted, vintage rock crystal cylinders  (24 mm x 12 mm) have wear and inclusions, which give a texture and authenticity to the stones; The imperfections are part of the gem;
    • Knotted silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knots” and “button knots”;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp, secure and easy to use; My name label is attached at the clasp.
    • Length 46 cm with 4.5 cm pendant drop;
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  10. Ref 1984
    £1,265.00

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    • This is quite a rich, elegant necklace, and yet, with the rock crystal cylinders, with crystalline inclusions, and the antique Afghan 18K gold beads, the necklace can be quite informal. I think it’s the etched, antique 18K gold Afghan beads which gives it an almost ethnic feel.
    • These are rare, handmade beads. The oval shaped beads are 20.6 mm x 14.5 mm; the disc shaped beads are18.5 mm x 11mm; the small octagonal beads are 7.5 mm. They were made in Afghanistan, 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, 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. For me, this handiwork and the yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
    • But of course, the star of the necklace is that antique, Victorian, 18K gold, circular locket with the cushion shaped diamond in the centre. It has a raised, petal-like design with applied wirework. On the reverse is a glazed locket panel. It is an exquisite piece, show-casing the skills of the Victorian jeweller. It was originally a brooch which I had altered to a pendant. It is just under 3 cm across.
    • The rock crystal, faceted cylinders are not imperfect or cracked. They are natural stones with inclusions within, which for me, gives the stones more interest. They are 2 cm x 14.9 mm.
    • The clasp is a 14K gold toggle clasp. I prefer using toggle clasps because they are easy to use and quite 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 with a 3 cm pendant drop.
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