Ravishing Red & White Peking Glass with Crystal, Coral & Silver Necklace
- Red, white and silver can take you from Christmas to summer.
- At the centre of the necklace, sits a very special, large, vintage, Chinese Peking glass, overlay bead (29 mm). It depicts cranes, one sitting on the branch of a tree; a second crane beginning to fly off from its perch. In China, the crane is considered to be the prince of all feathered creatures. It is a symbol of longevity and peace and stands for great beauty and elegance.
- Peking glass, known as Kangxi glass, is a form of Chinese glassware that originated in the 18th century. Chinese overlay carved glass, is a traditional form of art that starts with a one-colour glass base (white in this case), dipped into a contrasting coloured glass, (red, as with this bead), and then carved.
- Silver plated discs (which in time, will age to a handsome pewter colour) separate the Peking glass from large, shaped cylinders of rock crystal. These hand carved beads are full of cloudy inclusions, which gives the crystal enormous character. The crystal varies in size from 30 mm x 20 mm to 17 mm x 20 mm.
- Bamboo coral discs (21 mm) and carved bamboo coral melon beads (21 mm) echo the red of the glass bead.
- Four, large (23 mm) handmade, vintage, octagonal sterling silver on hardened resin beads, have been made in Afghanistan. These traditional beads, now becoming rare, create an antique sparkle.
- 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 45.5 cm long (18").