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Chinese Multi-Gemstone Necklace-Export

The Jade Wedding set in my previous posting was an example of Chinese ornaments made for the Chinese market; the symbols have little meaning for the Westerner.

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This is an example of what I call Chinese export silver jewelry. This multi-gemstone necklace is from the first quarter of the 20th century. Tourmaline, jade, amethyst, rose quartz and blue quartz set in vermeil.

The design is targeted to appeal to the non-Asian market but contains traditional Chinese details.

0031-713970The round link that contains a square represents a Chinese coin in/good fortune…but it  also works as a contrast with the jeweled links…

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The gemstones are decorated with flowers and grapes-fertility symbols in China…but also popular symbols for Westerners.

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