Appealing Chalcedony Necklace of Citrine & Moroccan Enameled Silver
- For me, the stars of this necklace are a toss-up between the delightful, vintage, handmade sterling silver and enamel beads from Morocco, and the antique Indonesian glass beads
- These Moroccan beads (20 mm) have been crafted with such joy, using green, navy and gold enamel in looped panels of silver and adding silver balls, and a rope design for good measure.
- The two antique, sage green, mat glass beads (19 mm) from Indonesia almost resemble a football (soccer ball) in their design but I have never seen such merry colours on a ball before. Gold and red circles adorn the green surfaces.
- Ancient Jatim beads were produced in Java in the first millennium AD. Extensive trade between the east and west, took hold and with these beads were part of the exchange. Roman mosaic beads were a strong influence for their designs. Jatim beads have a thin layer of cane slices over a monochrome core. Rainbow colouring became a staple design.
- These two beads are not ancient, but they are 19th century and are rooted in this tradition.
- Two handmade, fair trade sterling silver, ribbed beads (18mm) have been crafted by the Karen hill tribes in Thailand.
- The main stones are smooth pebbles of heat-treated chalcedony, treated to create a soft,mint colour. They vary in size but are roughly 20 mm.
- Natural, faceted citrine discs (16 mm) echo the gold in the Moroccan beads.
- Natural amazonite beads (16 mm) continue the colourway, along with two natural green turquoise discs (16 mm).
- Brushed sterling silver discs and beads (15 mm) complete the design.
- A handmade, sterling silver 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.
- The necklace is 17 inches long (43 cm).