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  • A large, vintage nephrite jade Bi disc leads a parade of a number of jades and elements. This large piece of jade has warm markings of mottled toffee and brown. It is 7 cm across and 6 mm thick.

  • The Bi disc for the Chinese, is an important emblem of harmony and long life. In ancient times, the Bi disc was often placed in the tomb to give such attributes to the deceased. Later, those same aspects could be passed onto the owner of the Bi disc, whether worn as a pendant or simply collected.

  • The Bi disc is supported by small, (4 mm) etched, handmade beads made by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand, using a sterling silver that is 98% pure silver.

  • This leads onto a triangular piece of vintage black jade (carved from a single piece of jade) at 3 cm by 3 cm. This is a Buddhist symbol which is meant to indicate a journey of enlightenment.

  • Above the black jade triangle is another nephrite jade Bi disc, 3 cm in diameter.

  • There is an additional Karen hill tribe, sterling silver bead (13.5 mm), in a hammered silver design.

  • And lastly, a small (2 cm) carved turquoise, howlite pig, tops the parade of elements. For the Chinese, the pig is an emblem of intelligence and prosperity. This is because he represents hard work and honesty. A pig, like a boar, is also considered feisty. It therefore indicates his determination to fight back.

  • I have used sterling silver beads (6.5 mm) as spacers for the elements.

  • 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 56 cm.