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  1. Ref 1267
    £490.00

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    • 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
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  2. Ref 1556
    £575.00

    • This is a necklace where nothing matches.  Each element is unique to itself and yet it all comes together in a harmonious, interesting necklace.
    • I need to start my descriptions from one end leading to the other end.
    • An antique carved bone cylinder from India (19 mm) is separated from the next bead by a vintage Chinese brass coin (23 mm).  That next bead is a hand carved magnesite bead (22.5 mm) which is separated by a bone cylinder (26 mm).
    • The next bead is an antique carved wood bead (26.5 mm) from Nepal, decorated with partial gold leaf.
    • An amazonite cylinder (23 mm) separates a large, vintage, carved white nephrite jade bead (24 mm).
    • Three bone cylinders (26 mm) flank the hand-blown, swirl glass bead (27 mm) from China.
    • A rather special, antique Chinese turquoise bead (26.3 mm)continues the design.
    • This is followed by a vintage, handmade brass bead from Turkestan (23 mm), leading to an amazonite cylinder (23 mm) next to an antique Victorian, polished bone bead (22 mm).
    • Finally, another vintage Chinese coin cordons off a natural turquoise quartz bead (10 mm).
    • The craftsman who carved the magnesite bead, 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.
    • The very name “amazonite” conjures up images of jungles and exotic waters.  And amazonite does indeed originate from the Amazon area.  This green/blue stone is a microcline feldspar variety of mineral and it is often known as Amazon Jade.
    • 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 20½ inches long (52 cm)
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  3. Ref 1646
    £475.00

    • Large and irregular shaped chrysocolla slices (4.5 cm long and 3 cm wide and 8 mm deep),  mat rather than polished to counteract the vibrant turquoise/green natural chrysocolla colours; each stone has its own markings;
    • Silver panels (22 mm x 24 mm x 8.5 mm deep) alternate between stones;
    • Antique Chinese pewter charms (ranging from 12 to 5 mm in size);
    • The Peanut is considered lucky as it is an emblem of fruitfulness and growth.
    • The Heart with Chinese characters is symbolic of love and of a strong heart and mind.
    • The Padlock means protection and security
    • The Pair of man’s shoes charms were often used by girls hoping to find a husband; but they also signify wealth and fruitfulness.
    • All are full of delightful detail.
    • Silver toggle clasp, secure and easy to use; my silver name label is attached to clasp;
    • Length 53 cm
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  4. Ref 1681

    Regular Price: £550.00

    Special Price £490.00

      Vintage Chinese enamel Art Deco butterfly, circa 1920 added as if it just landed on top of the necklace, with its wings straddling the upper strands and lower strands (9 cm x 10 cm)
      Turquoise briolettes (4.5 cm x 1.5 cm long)
      Amazonite beads 11.5 mm)
      Turquoise oval beads (1.5 cm)
      Vermeil toggle clasp, both easy to use and secure; my silver name label is attached at the clasp
      length 43.5 cm with necklace width of 5 cm
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  5. Ref 1855
    £600.00

    • Substantial antique turquoise Chinese Bi disc (6 cm across x 7 mm deep); Symbol of harmony and longevity
    • Attached by turquoise (3 mm) beads
    • Handmade, Fair Trade silver beads ( 22mm) and toggle clasp, made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand
    • Softly coloured chrysocolla polished stones (21 mm x 3 cm)
    • Hand carved, signed boxwood ojime of dragons, with inlaid horn eyes, prancing across the ojime bead: Dragons are an emblem of the Emperor, his playfulness and power and the universal source of energy, or “Chi”
    • Ojime were carved, decorative toggles used by the Japanese to support their Inro, or box-like purse for men; These mice are not old pieces; But they were made by a master carver in China, who’s wife I have known and purchased from for years;
    • The ojimi is a cord fastener, originally for the Japanese man to hold his inro (small box or purse)
    • Traditionally knotted silk/polyester cord using the traditional Chinese “flat” and “button” knots;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp both easy to use and secure; my silver name label is attached at the clasp 
    • Length 44.5 cm with 6 cm pendant drop
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  6. Ref 1881
    £325.00

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    • Calcified Nephrite Jade, and a Gold Jadeite Bead all Hang on a Silk Chain
    • On a handmade mint silk/ polyester chain hang an array of interesting elements, creating a rather cool, intriguing effect.
    • First there is the antique Chinese natural turquoise Bi disc (1¼ inches across or 3cm).  It’s a lovely pastel blue with veins running throughout, which create an appealing pattern.  This is indeed a charming bit of old turquoise.  The Bi disc is a symbol of harmony and longevity, always considered important in Chinese culture.
    • Above it, horizontally placed, is a carved basket-weave bar, made of bone ( 9 mm by 1 ½  inches across, or 4 cm).
    • This is then followed by the carved turquoise coloured pig, made of howlite, but dyed to resemble turquoise.  He is 21 mm long by 12 mm.  The pig is a symbol of intelligence and prosperity because he represents hard work and honesty.  A pig, like a boar, is considered feisty.  It therefore represents a determination to fight back.
    • This is followed by an antique calcified, natural nephrite jade trapezoid shaped piece, (17 mm by 13 mm).
    • And finally there is a natural, sandy gold jadeite bead (9 mm).
    • 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 ½ inches long (44 cm).
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  7. Ref 1899
    £290.00

    • The very name “amazonite” conjures up images of jungles and exotic waters.  And amazonite does indeed originate from the Amazon area.  This green/blue stone is a microcline feldspar variety of mineral and it is often known as “Amazon Jade”. The stone is said to embody truth, honour, communication, integrity, hope and trust. It has also been credited with enhancing intuition, creativity and intellect.
    • These Amazonite discs are striated in pattern and each is different in design, and colour intensity. The discs are 1 ¼” across (just under 3 cm) and 5 mm thick.
    • This stone works well, like turquoise, with silver.  The silver discs are made in China.  They have taken sheets of sterling silver and moulded it around the shape of a perfectly round pebble.  They are just under 1½” (3 cm) and 11 mm thick.
    • At the end of the necklace, there are two melon-shaped and etched silver beads (7 mm) from South Korea.
    • 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 its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
    • The necklace is 19 ¾ inches long (50 cm).
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  8. Ref 1916
    £550.00

    • Sitting on the side of this chunky necklace of chrysocolla pebbles is a goat, seated like a guardian, protecting the wearer of this necklace. He is watchful, alert to protect his territory. But the goat is also a dreamer, content in the siesta of his own thoughts.  So this goat is both protection and restful.  The goat is also one of the animals of the Chinese Zodiac.  He is 1½ inches long by 1¼ inches wide and 22 mm deep.
    • The goat is made of Tagua nut, a nut from the rainforests of South America.  The seeds are grown in pods called cabezas, which come from the tagua nut palm tree. It is known as “vegetable ivory” because it resembles ivory when it is polished and carved. Chinese craftsmen, not able to carve ivory anymore, have turned to this ecological ivory.
    • Flanking the goat are discs of carnelian (23 mm) and bone (27 mm) and large polished pebbles of chrysocolla (the sizes vary but the average size is 44 mm x 27 mm).
    • Chrysocolla is a blue and green stone made of a unique type of copper ore.  Its colour comes from the oxidation process of the copper ore, which takes on a cyan colour with extended exposure to oxygen. But the stone also contains various other minerals, which create its soft texture and porous appearance.
    • Two carved bone basket-weave beads (10 mm) finish the necklace 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.
    • 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 cm).
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  9. Ref 1965
    £600.00

    • Double strand necklace of good quality turquoise slices;
    • One strand, the larger beads, are approximately 25 mm x 32 mm x 5.22 mm deep;
    • Second strand, the smaller slices, are approximately (13.5 mm x 13.3 mm x 4.7 mm deep);
    • Interspersed between the slices are vintage, traditional gold on silver on hardened resin beads (7.5 mm), made in Afghanistan;
    • I have been using these Afghanistan crafted gold beads for a very long time; But they are now rare beads and more costly 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;
    • Vermeil toggle clasp are used; Toggle clasps are easy to use and secure; My silver name label is attached at the clasp;
    • Length 41 cm;
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  10. Ref 1979
    £490.00

    • Charming well work sterling silver pendant (3 cm, by 3 cm by 9.7 mm deep), inlaid with turquoise, and crafted in Afghanistan; 
    • The sides, of the silver has been carved, while on the back, there is more pattern; 
    • Eight, intricately worked, silver beads (15 mm x 15 mmm), in a purse shape design, made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand;
    • Karen hill tribe Fair Trade silver is nearly 98% pure silver; each piece is like a miniature bit of sculpture, individually crafted and created; 
    • 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;
    • Alternating between the silver beads, there are carved turquoise beads (10 mm), in a lotus design;
    • Turquoise beads (5.5 mm) are at the back of the necklace to ensure the necklace lies flatly;
    • Toggle clasp is also made by the Karen hill tribes, using twisted silver wires to create a rope design; toggle clasps are secure and easy to use; my silver name label is attached at the clasp;
    • Length 44 cm with 3.5 cm pendant drop;
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