Ref 1840

Ref 1840
Ref 1840 Ref 1840 Ref 1840 Ref 1840 Ref 1840 Ref 1840 Ref 1840 Ref 1840
Ref 1840
£575.00

Availability: SOLD


  • Necklace of Antique Natural Turquoise, Inlaid Coral, Chinese Coins

  • This wonderful, flattering necklace is full of interest and diversity. I have linked the varied elements to each other so that although there is variety, it comes together in a harmonious design and statement.

  • At the centre of the necklace sits an antique piece of natural turquoise, a large cylinder in a rich turquoise, patina. It is 30 mm x 15 mm.

  • Paired on either side are two large, (rare) vintage, handmade, traditional Afghan beads (24 mm), made of 18K gold-on-silver-on-hardened resin. 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.

  • Next, there are two slivers of natural turquoise (20 mm), followed by two, vintage, brilliant, bamboo coral nuggets (26 mm x 18 mm), inlaid with turquoise and brass. These are crafted in Tibet.

  • Six vintage brass Chinese coins, two of which are a green/bronze colour, act as spacers.

  • Two further turquoise nuggets (20 mm x 27 mm), lead to two vintage Tibetan beads of inlaid coral, brass and turquoise (21 mm). Tibetan writing in inlaid brass decorate the belly of the bead.

  • And lastly, there are two bamboo coral cylinders (21mm x 15mm), pitted and textured in a rich scarlet.

  • 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. The cord can be easily cleaned.

  • 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 50 cm.