Make an Entrance with Necklace of Rare, Green Turquoise, Antique Jade, & Gold
- I’m not sure which is more special: the antique jade dragon; the antique 18ct Afghan gold; or the rare slices of green turquoise. I should qualify this by explaining that GOOD quality, natural green turquoise is rare.
- Let’s begin with the antique nephrite jade dragon in an arc shape. It is 3.25” long (8cm) x 1’ (2.5cm) wide. It has been finely etched, and is thought to be a dragon, which is considered a most auspicious symbol in China. It is partly a reminder of the Emperor’s importance and power, and partly a reference to the universal source of energy, known as “Chi”. The design is roughly based on those jades from the ancient Han Dynasty (200BC). But this particular antique jade piece is not that old. Jade carvers have been copying older designs forever. It is, nevertheless, an old piece of jade, but I cannot be sure what that age is.
- The jade is bordered by six antique 18ct gold Afghan beads, of different sizes and patterns. The largest are 23mm; the next etched beads, are octagonal in shape and are 13mm; and the last, gold, octagonal beads are 6mm.
- These antique gold beads, were made in Afghanistan, using their traditional techniques and are quite rare beads.
- 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, 18K gold was preferred. One of their techniques was to take sheet gold and work it onto hardened resin, and then decorate it accordingly. For me, this complex and demanding handiwork, as well as the yellow of the gold, gives the necklace a warmth and character. To put it another way, it complements the gemstones.
- Four further Afghan gold beads are at the back of the necklace. Although these are still gold, they are gold on silver, on hardened resin, as opposed to heavier, pure gold onto the resin.
- The necklace itself consists of the rare green turquoise slabs, each individually carved and full of their natural patterns. They are a vivid, almost a. grass green in colour, and roughly measure 35mm L x 29mm W and 6mm thick.
- A 14ct gold 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 necklaces come, like all my necklaces, with its own colour co-ordinated silk brocaded pouch bag, made by a Shanghai tailor.
- The necklace is 17” long (43cm)