Lapis & Green Jade Necklace with Charming Antique Enamel Button
- The colour of these natural stones take their cue from the antique Victorian button or buckle, (1 1/4" across, or 3 cm). It is made up of paste diamonds and set around an enamel scene of St. George riding his valiant steed as he slays the dragon. The colours are in green and navy enamels, with the white of the horse and the red of St. George’s cape. It is a fascinating piece, in excellent condition with the enamel still vivid and intact. By placing the Victorian button on the side of the necklace, it comes as almost a surprise when you spot it. And once spotted, it is easy to view from that position.
- The episode of St. George and the Dragon was Eastern in origin but was brought back with the Crusaders and retold with courtly appurtenances belonging to the genre of Romance. But it also became a symbol of overcoming the most overwhelming odds: On a personal level or even global.
- I have attached the Victorian button by tiny faceted silver beads (2.5 mm) to a necklace that picks up the enamel colours. The natural lapis beads (15 mm) alternate with the natural apple green jadeite cylinders (12mm x 11 mm). There are two, traditional, silver on hardened resin beads from Afghanistan (13 mm).
- I have used a silver toggle clasp. 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 it's own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- The necklace is 19 inches long (48 cm).