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  • This is a luscious piece of translucent, white jadeite, carved from one piece of jade, with the main part supported by two linked rings. A most cheeky monkey sits on top of a peach he should NOT be taking. According to legend, the peach comes from a sacred garden, banned to this daring monkey. Yet his arms reach out to hold the peach and his tail loops through one of the rings to make sure he can hold on. It is 4.5 cm long 2 cm wide and 10.6 mm thick.

  • The Chinese consider the monkey an extremely clever and mischievous creature. It is one of the animals used in the Chinese Zodiac. The monkey is thought to bestow health, protection and wealth. But frankly, he is usually portrayed as downright cheeky, always steeling the sacred peach from an exclusive garden because he knows the peach will give him long life.

  • Above the monkey there is a carved, mutton fat, white jade padlock. The padlock is an emblem of protection and security, and in this case, the artist has added a double happiness character. And if you look closely, you will see a bat, which is for additional longevity, and peonies, which are the symbol of love and prosperity. It is 6 cm wide 4 cm high and 4 mm deep.

  • There are two handmade, vintage 18K gold on silver on hardened resin beads from Afghanistan. One is 13 mm and the other is 7.8 mm. The artisan has used the traditional techniques, handed down through the craftsmen of Alexander the Great, in 330 BC. This ancient craft takes sheet metal and moulds it over hardened resin and then works the metal quite laboriously.

  • At the top, there is a vintage red, Peking glass bead (13.8 mm).

  • White jade beads (8 mm) have been used as spacers.

  • All the elements hang on a handmade chocolate 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 48 cm.