Turquoise & Silver Necklace with Antique Turquoise Fish on Side
- Sage green and turquoise seem to enjoy each others company. The natural, sage green, carved aventurine lanterns (19 mm) and the aventurine melon beads (16 mm) alternate between vintage dyed turquoise howlite rectangles (29 mm x 18 mm x 8 mm deep), sterling silver wave discs and 3 mm beads.
- But there are two stars to this necklace. Placed on one side of the necklace is a vintage, natural turquoise Chinese pendant bead of a carved fish, swimming among lotus pods and fronds. This is quite deep and detailed carving, which goes through to the other side of the pendant. The fish is lively and an emblem of prosperity, while the lotus symbolizes harmony and purity. The piece measure 1 1/4 inches long (3 cm), 1 inch wide (2.5 cm) and 13 mm deep.
- It is bordered by the two carved, aventurine melon beads and two, handmade, fair trade, sterling silver beads (15 mm) made by the Karen hill tribes of Thailand.
- On the other side of the necklace, there is a finely crafted sterling silver cylinder of inlaid natural turquoise panels, made in Tibet. It is 1 1/4 inches long (3 cm) with an 18 mm diameter.
- 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 17 3/4 inches long (45 cm).