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Chinese Jewelry Collection

The history of the human race is recorded in its’ jewelry…so part of the excitement for me is discovering where an ornament fits in the historic landscape…what it meant to the original owners…


These early 20thc figures of a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) Emperor and Empress came to me by accident…I stumbled across them while looking for something quite different…

Their presence and dignity is more compelling than any of the portraits that I have seen of members of the Mandarin court and I felt they belonged with the collection.

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  1. liz clough
    Posted June 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I love you site, for the history and teaching it connects with each piece. My brother and his family lived for several years in China, I could not afford to go. I wish I could have. I collect, not just pieces, but the history and stories, so for me the beauty is in the total connection. I have a few small pieces here and there I keep. I love them simply because because someone spent so much time on them. thank you for your site and pictures. liz

  2. Susan
    Posted June 13, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    Thank you so much! I am happy you enjoy it… Susan

  3. liz clough
    Posted June 13, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    By sharing we teach new generations to learn to save the past and learn by it. Old skills are often hard to re-learn once lost. My grandchildren love this site.

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