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  • All of these pieces of jade are antique. I cannot be specific about their age because it is quite difficult to tell with jade. The Chinese have been copying their own designs for centuries. But I do know from the patina, and the details, that these are older pieces of nephrite jade.

  • From the bottom of the necklace, there is a mottled tan piece of jade with a yin/yang symbol in the centre, in the shape of two fish, which symbolize harmony and prosperity. It is deeply etched on both sides of the jade, which is 4 cm wide, 3 cm high, and 8.5 mm deep.

  • Above this piece of jade there is an old piece of intricately carved, mutton fat jade, which I believe might have originally been part of a buckle. It shows a little boy skipping against a floral background. Because it was buckle, the parts are mobile. On the reverse (or back side), the carving is basically the same design, just much less crisp and distinct. It is 5 cm long, 2.5 cm wide and 8.9 mm thick. The Chinese have always treasured the male child. Boys are considered vital to carrying on the family name, work and traditions. When a male baby is born, even to this day, the boy child is a cherished child. He is depicted here as quite gleeful and carefree, skipping along the path.

  • The final piece of jade is a very dark green, almost black. It is a Bi disc, etched in a curled cloud pattern, which is reminder of heaven. But the Bi disc also symbolizes harmony and longevity, which the wearer than takes on. It is 4.5 cm across and 4.5 mm deep.

  • I have used white jadeite beads (10 mm) as spacers.

  • All the elements hang on a handmade black silk/polyester chain, which, on one of the rings hangs my silver name label.

  • The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.

  • Length 54 cm.