Lovely Lapis, Coral & Gold Necklace with Amazing Tudor Period Bronze Disc
- This necklace makes a big impact. The berry red, French blue and yellow gold create a rich aura.
- But the strongest piece on the necklace is the antique Tudor Dynasty, open-work, Bronze disc (5 cm in diameter x 2.9 mm thick). This was a piece that was excavated in Hampshire, England, having been buried for centuries. It has been cleaned, and from that restored cleaning, this warm, gold tone bronze emerged. It has been dated between 500-600 years old.
- I have placed it on a necklace of four substantial, unpolished lapis discs (24 mm x 18 mm), and four equally impressive discs of a berry red bamboo coral (26mm x 12.7 mm).
- Four large, (21.8 mm x 15.5 mm) vintage, rare, 18K gold-on-silver-on-hardened resin beads from Afghanistan compliment the bronze. These are handmade, etched and gadrooned melon beads. There are two further Afghan beads at the end of the necklace (12 mm).
- The Afghani have been crafting gold for centuries. When Alexander the Great came to Afghanistan, his people brought many skills, one of which was working in gold. Like the Romans, centuries later, a yellow, 18 ct gold was used. But one of the techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this handiwork and yellow gold colour gives the necklace warmth and character and complements the gems.
- Two discs of French blue, Peking glass (20 mm) complete the design.
- I have then knotted the French blue silk/polyester cord with the traditional Chinese “flat knot” as well as the “button knot”. This is not only a classical Chinese technique, but it lightens the necklace and makes it quite comfortable to wear. It also sets off the design.
- A vermeil 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.
- Length 46 cm (18").