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Chinese Mutton Fat Jade Necklace

I seem to be on a theme lately of …’ I’ve Never Seen This Before!’ (INSTB).


When I began in the antique business we were liquidating estates…emptying houses from top to bottom…after about ten years, I believed it meant something when I said “I’ve never seen that before”. After 20 years, a humbler self realized that there still was a great deal that I had never seen…and did not know…and I began to narrow my field.

Now, after 40 years in a business, (where knowledge is the basis of everyone’s income), I once again allow myself to say…with some confidence… “I’ve never seen these before”.

1The center bead is a sea foam green… 34mm x 30mm, pierced 34 times with 2 holes on one side that transverse the bead vertically and 3 holes that transverse the bead horizontally, (bead people will know that this is very unusual). This bead would have been originally used as a toggle.

The carved white beads are 12mm, each pierced approximately 28 times. One can see from the photos that each bead is completely hollowed out in the middle. They have the luster of mutton fat nephrite jade.

2This is an example of a 20th century designer necklace made with early Chinese beads and 20th century gold findings. The jade beads are so unusual that I believe they are 18th c… because… INSTB 😉

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  1. Halima alsini
    Posted October 25, 2011 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    is this nicklace is available now ?
    what is the price

  2. Susan
    Posted November 6, 2011 at 8:18 am | Permalink

    I am sorry but non of the items in the collection are for sale. If we do another gallery of items for sale, we will announce it ahead of time. Susan

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