Ref 1623

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Ref 1623
£550.00

Availability: SOLD


  • I have to admit that I was drawn to this pendant because it reminded me of the Olympic interlocking rings.  Of course to be Olympic it needs to have 5 rings. It is made of etched pewter and inlaid with various natural agates, onyx, carnelian, serpentine and chrysocolla.  Basically, it is a Celtic design; the type of brooch which would have been pinned to a Scottish scarf or kilt. But it is known as a “Miracle” brooch or pendant because “Miracle” was the trade name for the company A. Hill & Company LTD. of Birmingham, England, which started manufacturing jewellery in 1946. But their jewellery was actually manufactured at the mint in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • To quote Ruby Lane’s blog on Miracle jewellery, “it is the “real thing” in terms of evolving from actual historical and archaeological information. Archaeological excavations took place throughout England and jewellery from as early as AD600 have been found. Their Jewellery features such excellent construction that you know by looking at it that it will still be around centuries from now. The company employed highly skilled stone cutters, used the finest metals, and created beautiful designs.”

  • This pendant was originally a brooch, which I had altered to a pendant.  It is 2 inches long (5 cm) and 1¾ inches wide (4 cm).

  • The pendant hangs on a twist of amazonite beads (mm) and handmade, etched silver beads (4 mm), by the Karen hill tribes of Thailand.

  • The actual necklace consists of a pattern of chrysocolla cylinders (18 mm x 25.9 mm), faceted, rough-cut peridot nuggets (18 mm), in the natural,  olive green colour, and handmade silver on hardened resin beads (14 mm), and two, larger octagonal silver beads (20 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.

  • These vintage, traditionally made silver beads from Afghanistan 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.

  • Peridot is one of the few gemstones that occur in only one colour: an olive green.  It is the gem variety of the mineral Olivine. The intensity and tint of the green, however, depends on the percentage of iron within the crystal structure. The colour of individual peridot gems can vary from yellow to olive to brown-ish green.  Peridot is a well-known ancient gemstone, used as far back as the Pharaohs in Egypt.

  • 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 18½ inches long (47 cm) with a 2 inch pendant drop (5 cm).