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  1. Ref 1720
    £550.00

    • Antique carved wood from Nepal, that has been partially decorated in gold leaf (25 mm).
    • Flanked by vintage Chinese brass coins (25 mm).
    • Two hand blown glass beads (27 mm), made by the master glass blower in Venice, Moulaye Niang; Originally from Senegal, Moulaye was trained in Murano and became a highly collected artist, known as “Il muanenro” developing complex techniques in glass blowing;
    • Two natural lapis discs (22.7 mm) sit next to Tibetan repoussé brass beads (24 mm);
    • Two natural lapis beads (20 mm) and two lapis slim discs (18 mm);
    • Two, sky-blue lace agate beads (20 mm);
    • Two lapis beads (16 mm) have been incised with gold dragons, the symbol of the Emperor and his power; But living on the same necklace as Tibetan and Nepalese beads, the dragon’s other symbol, that of the universal source of energy, is important.
    • Knotted silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knot” as well as the “button knot”;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp is used as it is secure and easy to use; name label is attached at the clasp.
    • Length 47 cm
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  2. Ref 1721
    £550.00

    • This is indeed a statement necklace of subtle colours yet in chunky, rich beads full of stories.
    • The large central bead  has been blown by the master glass blower in Venice, Moulaye Niang.  Originally from Senegal, he train in Murano and became known as “Il Muanero, using complex glass techniques.  In this case, he has burned silver into the glass.  The bead is 33 mm.
    • Moulaye’s glass bead is flanked by vintage Chinese coins that have bronzed with age (24 mm), and on either side of the glass are two large (26.6 mm) woven like a basket weave, silver beads that are now quite rare.  They are made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand, as are the remaining silver beads made in a swirl design (21 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.
    • There are two more swirl glass beads in a blue and green glass with black swirl lines, hand blown in China (27 mm). These are also rare beads.  China has a wonderful tradition in glass making, from Peking glass onto imitation Venetian glass with their own twist. These two beads were made at a time when Chinese craftsman were willing to spend the time making special glass.  That period is now over. Hopefully it will return when glass blowers are honoured as artists.
    • Two good blue lapis beads (20 mm) follow on from the silver and then two soft minty green re-cycled and shaped glass beads (13 mm)  from Nigeria finish off the design.
    • 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.
    • 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)
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  3. Ref 1844
    £450.00

    • The beautiful attention to detail of this antique Victorian sterling silver hunting horn, which includes a rather charming engraved bell, is a scene- stealer .  As you can see from the photo, the horn is engraved and even the mouth- piece has been shaped.  The horn is 1 ½ inches across (4 cm) and ¾ of an inch high (2 cm).
    • It hangs on a necklace of natural carved lapis rings (12 mm), natural carnelian lanterns (8.5 mm) and antique sterling silver Navajo beads (8 mm).
    •  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 its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace is 17 ¾ inches long (45 cm) with a pendant drop of ¾ of an inch (2 cm)
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  4. Ref 1852
    £700.00

    • Substantial, brilliant blue lapis Bi disc (6.5 cm), an emblem of harmony
    • attached by lapis beads and handmade Fairtrade silver by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand, who also made the large, grooved beads (22.7 mm) and the toggle clasp
    • large lapis beads (20.4 mm)
    • large vintage carved lapis melon beads (22.6 mm)
    • antique (circa 1900) Chinese enamel on silver beads with a phoenix flying across the bead (25.8 mm)
    • brushed silver, plated over zamac (an alloy of zinc, aluminium and copper, stable and allergy free)
    • traditionally knotted silk/polyester cord using the flat and button knots
    • length 45 cmwith 5cm pendant drop 
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  5. Ref 1911
    £625.00

    • The colour of these natural stones take their cue from the antique Victorian button or buckle, (1 ¼ inches across, or 3 cm).  It is made up of paste diamonds and set around an enamel scene of St. George riding his valiant steed as he slays the dragon. The colours are in green and navy enamels, with the white of the horse and the red of St. George’s cape.  It is a fascinating piece, in excellent condition with the enamel still vivid and intact.  By placing the Victorian button on the side of the necklace, it comes as almost a surprise when you spot it.  And once spotted, it is easy to view from that position.
    • The episode of St. George and the Dragon was Eastern in origin but was brought back with the Crusaders and retold with courtly appurtenances belonging to the genre of Romance. But it also became a symbol of overcoming the most overwhelming odds:  On a personal level or even global.
    • I have attached the Victorian button by tiny faceted silver beads (2.5 mm) to a necklace that picks up the enamel colours.  The natural lapis beads (15 mm) alternate with the natural apple green jadeite cylinders (12mm x 11 mm). There are two, traditional, silver on hardened resin beads from Afghanistan (13 mm).
    • 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).
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  6. Ref 1919
    £350.00

    • This is just an easy necklace to wear informally or otherwise. The blue and white theme goes so well with denim and a white shirt or T-shirt.
    • The large, handmade vintage, traditionally crafted silver beads (24 mm) are octagonal in shape, and made in Afghanistan. These beads are like the gold Afghan beads, which are crafted in the same manner, taking sheets of pure silver and forming them over hardened resin, a technique the Afghans have perfected over centuries.
    • The substantial Chinese porcelain beads (28 mm) are painted in a cobalt and white basket-weave design, and then fired in a kiln.
    • Each element is separated by slivers of natural lapis (18.5 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.
    • 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 its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace is 19 inches long (48 cm).
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  7. Ref 1930
    £575.00

    • Four strands of lime coloured keshi pearls (4 mm)
    • Interspersed with royal blue lapis nuggets (4 mm)
    • Handmade, traditional, Afghan silver beads, worked on hardened resin
    • Silver clasp
    • Length 43 cm with 7 cm necklace width
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  8. Ref 1949
    £1,150.00

    • Delightful antique Victorian, 9 ct gold target locket, circa 1880 ( 35.1 mm x 28.4 mm); The front of the locket is full of rich details in the design, while the back is plain, with its glass locket still securely intact;
    • Lapis cylinders (15.8 mm x 11 mm);
    • Carved lapis beads (10.3 mm);
    • Burma jadeite cylinders in apple green (10.7 mm x 13 mm);
    • Cultured baroque, freshwater pearls in a button shape (8.6 mm); 
    • Rare, vintage, 18 ct gold melon beads (13.4 mm), made in Afghanistan;
    • The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan in 330 B.C. 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; This handiwork and the yellow gold colour give the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems;
    • 14 ct gold clasp;
    • Length 43 cm with 2.8 cm pendant drop
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  9. Ref 1952
    £400.00

    • Green carved Burma jadeite disc (24 mm across x 9 mm deep);
    • Handmade Fair Trade silver discs made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand;
    • These discs are known to the Chinese as Bi discs, a symbol of long life and harmony, so there is a lot of goodness flowing through this necklace
    • Karen hill tribe 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;
    • Royal blue Lapis beads (10 mm);
    • Silver toggle clasp;
    • Length 46 cm
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  10. Ref 1963
    £590.00

    • 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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