Jade & Chrysoprase Necklaces

Grid List

Set Descending Direction

1-10 of 61

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5
  1. Ref 0902
    £400.00

    • Vintage nephrite jade Chinese archer’s thumb guard in a natural moss colour jade (3.5 cm across x 2.5 cm wide);
    • For the Chinese, this is a status symbol because it implies the status of a scholar or a gentleman, capable of mastering the sport of archery;
    • Two strands of baroque, freshwater pearls, dyed moss green and light terracotta;
    • Vintage Afghan silver on resin beads;
    • Karen hill tribe silver toggle;
    • Length 51 cm
    Learn More
  2. Ref 1267
    £490.00

    • A vintage, hand carved wooden Chinese puzzle ball (34 mm); a traditional technique of carving many layers within the one block of material, in this, case wood; A dragon crawls on the outside layer; A dragon is a symbol of the Emperor and his power; it is also an emblem of “Chi” the source of universal energy;
    • Turquoise discs (28 mm) flank the carved ball and two carved bone beads (28 mm x 26 mm);
    • Vintage, handmade brass from Turkestan (23 mm x 27 mm);
    • Vintage, partly calcified, etched nephrite jade beads (20 mm);
    • Turquoise small discs (17 mm);
    • Vintage, Tibetan yak beads inlaid with coral and turquoise (12 mm);
    • Traditional Chinese knotting on silk/polyester cord, using the “Chinese button” and “flat knots”;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp with my silver label attached at the clasp;
    • Length 52 cm
    Learn More
  3. Ref 1378
    £335.00

    • Celadon jade crawling boy, an emblem of hope, fertility, joy and affection
    • the Chinese love children, particularly boys to continue the family line and support
    • handmade etched silver from the Karen hill tribes in Thailand
    • acid treated agate
    • length 50cm with 3cm pendant drop
    Learn More
  4. Ref 1381
    £575.00

    • This vintage piece of well carved nephrite jade in a celadon colour is of a Chinese guitar (2 ½ inches long, 6.5 cm by 1 ¼ inches, or 2 cm wide).  It is a charming piece with the strings clearly visible and with its unique, carved handle.
    • It hangs on a chic necklace of mat black, jet carved cylinders (20 mm long x 14.8 mm wide).  Also in mat black are onyx beads, at 14 mm and 7 mm.
    • Jet is a type of lignite, a precursor to coal, and is a gemstone.  Jet is not a mineral but is a mineraloid. It has an organic origin, coming from decaying wood under extreme pressure.
    • At the front of the necklace there are 2 carved vintage nephrite jade beads (13.6 mm), again in celadon, which reflect the guitar’s colour.
    • The silver beads are from two different sources.  The brushed silver cylinders are from India (13.8 mm).  The 4 different woven silver beads are made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. The first two are woven cylinders 13 mm. by 9 mm.  The two woven barrels are 13.9mm x 16.5 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 made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver to create a rope design.  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 18 inches long (46 cm) with a 2 ¾ inch pendant drop.
    Learn More
  5. 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).
    Learn More
  6. 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).
    Learn More
  7. Ref 1651

    Regular Price: £725.00

    Special Price £600.00

    • Fine rare vintage white jade panel (4 cm long x 2.5 cm wide x 6.5 mm deep) with russet markings, carved with a plant growing out of rocks, the symbol of endurance and adaptability
    • the craftsman has used the brown skin of the jade for the rocks
    • attached by vermeil beads from India
    • rare, 18 ct gold on hardened resin beads from Afghanistan
    • rough cut faceted peridot
    • rich dark carnelian faceted panels
    • length 48cm with 4cm pendant drop
    Learn More
  8. Ref 1710
    £660.00

    Out of stock

    • Vintage apple green jadeite ball (28.8 mm) with lovely mottled effect
    • Vermeil cylinders from India
    • Hand carved, vintage bone beads (25 mm) in basket weave design
    • Vintage bone beads etched with scholar design, with poetry in Chinese characters
    • Carved bone cylinder bead has a dragon in the shape of a serpent, (28 mm)
    • Aventurine slices
    • Hand knotted silk/polyester cord using the traditional button and flat knots;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp, both easy to use and secure; my silver name label is attached at the clasp
    • Length 51 cm
    Learn More
  9. Ref 1712
    £500.00

    • Yes, this is quite a statement piece of vintage nephrite jade.  But he is such a handsome stag, with his rather glorious antlers, which, by the look on his face, is a feature he is clearly proud of.  To the Chinese, the deer is a symbol of long life.  That is because he is the only creature who was able to unearth the sacred funghi which bestows longevity (which, by the way then is bestowed on the owner of the deer).
    • The carving of the stag is robust and expressive.  The artisan who carved the stag utilized the natural mottling of the nephrite jade to create the animal’s coat.  He is quite substantial, at 2¾ inches long, 2 inches wide and 5.7 mm thick.
    • The over-all effect of this necklace is meant to be interesting, intriguing, slightly playful, textured and colourful.
    • The stag hangs on natural Chinese turquoise beads (4 mm).
    • The necklace itself is comprised of  two, antique, handmade, lost wax brass beads from West Africa (13 mm) followed by two antique, nephrite jade beads (14 mm).
    • There are then two antique carved carnelian beads (16.5 mm) from Afghanistan, inlaid with brass, lapis and turquoise.
    • Four swirl carved magnesite turquoise beads, in slightly varied size, from 23mm to 18 mm, give the necklace a colourful contrast to the majority of tans and cream tones. The craftsman who carved these beads, created a wonderful texture and colouration.
    • Magnesite is a mineral, magnesium carbonate, that has the same crystal structure as calcite. Its natural colour is cream and when carved and polished it features a dark web of veins or web-like matrix across its surface.  This makes it an attractive gem to use.  It is often dyed to a turquoise colour, which is completely stable.
    • There are two antique carved nephrite beads (18 mm), in a natural cream and tan colouring, but if you look closely, they have been carved with the head of Buddha.
    • Two larger antique nephrite jade beads (20 mm) in a mottled cream colour are flanked by vintage Chinese brass coins (22 mm).
    • 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.
    • 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 19 inches long (48.5 cm)
    Learn More
  10. 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
    Learn More

Grid List

Set Descending Direction

1-10 of 61

Page:
  1. 1
  2. 2
  3. 3
  4. 4
  5. 5