Vintage Miao Silver Fish with Sterling Silver, Natural African Jade, Vintage Chinese Coins
- This charming carp, full of details and life, with deeply etched scales, tail fin, and deep eyes, is further enlivened with bells. It was made in China, using Miao silver, which is only partially silver, about 60%. It is a traditional material for making jewellery by craftsmen of Miao Hmong ethnic tribe. It is 2 inches across (5 cm), 1 ¾ inches high (4.5 cm) and 16 mm deep. For the Chinese, the carp is a symbol of prosperity, with bells to ring in the good fortune.
- The fish hangs on 4mm and 3mm beads of Botswana jade and sterling silver, handmade by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand. The two flanking beads in a lotus shape (16 mm) and the large, deeply ribbed sterling silver beads (23 mm) on either side of the necklace, are also made by the Karen people.
- Next to the silver lotus beads, there are two carved vintage natural jade beads 19 mm, with “Shou” characters for longevity.
- Antique bronzed Chinese coins add to the mix.
- The main stone consists of natural green Botswana jade beads (20 mm).
- A handmade, sterling silver toggle clasp, also made by the Karen tribes, 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.
- The necklace is 17 inches long (43 cm) with a 1 ¾ inch pendant drop (4.5 cm).