Classic Coral, Pearl Double Strand Necklace & Antique Jade Butterfly Pendant
- The essence of this classic necklace is elegance. It is intended to be simple, chic and graceful.
- The antique, Ching Dynasty nephrite jade butterfly, circa 1890, was originally (more than likely) sewn onto a traditional, Chinese silk robe or silk hat, as part of the decoration of the garment. On its back side, the butterfly is completely unadorned (which is also a good indication that it was intended as part of the robe, (there was no need for carving on the back). But on the front, the butterfly is deeply carved. It is 5 cm across 3 cm high and 3.5 mm deep.
- The butterfly was considered an emblem of longevity and affection for the Chinese. It signifies a happy social life and an undying bond between lovers.
- Above the butterfly, there is a carved antique celadon jade bead at 13.5 mm. And this is then topped by a melon shaped bead (12 mm) of crisp, green chrysoprase.
- The necklace itself comprises one strand of natural peach coloured coral beads (5 mm), and another strand of cultured, freshwater pearls (5.5 mm) in a taupe tone.
- The two stands feed into brushed silver, octagonal beads from India (10 mm).
- A 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 clasp has also been made by the Karen hill tribes, of twisted silver wires to create a rope design.
- The necklace comes, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- Length 43 cm (17")with a 5 cm (2") pendant drop.