Smoky Quartz Necklaces

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  1. Ref 1837
    £650.00

    What a rich, subtle necklace this is. 

    The antique, calcified, tan Bi disc is in itself a wonderful piece.  It has been carved with fine grooves around the disc.  At 2 ¼ inches across (6 cm), the Bi disc is an important symbol to the Chinese because it means both harmony and longevity.

    It is supported by two twisted strands of natural smokey quartz beads ( 3 mm) onto a necklace of large, faceted nuggets of  natural smokey quartz (18mm x 22 mm).

    Smokey quartz draws light into shades of brown.  It’s like a wisp of smoke and as rich as cognac by the fire.  It is a silicon dioxide crystal. The smokey colour results from free silicon, formed from the silicon dioxide, by natural irradiation.

    These are interspersed with gold beads  (15.8 mm) that are handmade, vintage (now rare)and  from Afghanistan.  They have been crafted in the traditional way of taking 18K gold and shaping onto brass and then hardened resin.

    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 ct 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 warmth and character and complements the gems.

    At the centre of the necklace, there are two very special cylinder beads, handmade in Tibet, of intricate brass-work, and inlaid with cabochons of garnet (27 mm x 12 mm).

    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 it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

    The necklace is 17 inches long (43 cm) with a 2 inch pendant drop (5.5 cm).

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  2. Ref 1985
    £680.00

    • A rich brown, natural smoky quartz complements an antique Victorian, natural, whiskey coloured citrine in a 9K gold, swivel fob.
    • The 9K gold Victorian swivel fob is embossed with interesting detail and the frame is embellished with S curves on either side of a gold ball. The citrine swivels and is partly faceted. It shows wear at the flat bottom of the stone, in keeping with its age. It is 2.5 cm long x 4 cm wide x 22.4 mm at the widest part of the stone.
    • Frequently worn by men as an indication of wealth, these fobs often included a seal for a family crest or monogram. This would then be used on heated sealing wax, to be stamped on documents or envelopes. They were also left blank, as was this fob, so that the owner could add his own crest.
    • On either side of the fob, there are two large antique, etched 18K gold disc shaped beads. These are rare, handmade beads from Afghanistan. They are18.5 mm x 11mm. 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.
    • There are also six, handmade, vintage, 18K gold on brass, on hardened resin beads, from Afghanistan. They are 15.5 mm.
    • The faceted smoky quartz cylinders are a warm brown, full of crystalline inclusions. There are no cracks or chips. This is the natural stone, exhibiting its formations. They measure 16.7 mm x 20 mm.
    • A vermeil toggle clasp has been used because 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.
    • Length 46 cm with a 2.5 cm pendant drop.
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  3. Ref 2007
    £280.00

    • Perfect for any season or any occasion, this necklace looks wonderful with linen or cotton or even a T-shirt.
    • The necklace is made of natural, faceted smoky quartz beads (6.3 mm) interspersed with large (14 mm), natural, cultured, freshwater pearls in a tawny soft tan colour.
    • Two, octagonal brushed sterling silver bead are placed at the end of the necklace (9.4 mm).
    • A sterling 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 necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • Length 46 cm.
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  4. Ref 2057
    £650.00

    Out of stock

    This pendant is a fine piece of natural, apple green jadeite, beautifully carved in the shape of a padlock. The colour of the jade, glows. On one side there are two fish, (carp), leaping up to claim a ball or pearl. According to the British Museum’s definition for Chinese fish, they symbolise wealth, as they are golden and the word for fish in Mandarin, also sounds like abundance. Fish are also a sign of rank, which permits someone to enter the court precinct. Officials wore fish ornaments to show their rank. The ball or pearl is an emblem of the world and of knowledge.

    On the other side of the jade padlock, there is a carved lotus flower, an important emblem of purity because the lotus emerges unscathed from the mud.

    The deeply carved padlock represents protection and security.

    The jade pendant is 4.5 cm across 3 cm high and 5 mm deep.

    It hangs on three strands of smoky quartz beads (4 mm).

    The necklace itself comprises large, faceted, natural smoky quartz nuggets, which vary in size from 19.5 mm x 29 mm, down to 17.8 mm x 21 mm.

    Two 13.6 mm natural, apple green jadeite beads echo the pendant.

    There are eight, vintage, 18K gold on silver on hardened resin beads, handmade in Afghanistan. These also vary in size, from 17.5 mm, down to 7 mm.

    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, 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 yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.

    A 14K gold vermeil toggle clasp has been used because 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.

    Length 46 cm with a 3 cm pendant drop.

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