Monthly Archives: September 2008

Chinese Rock Crystal Art Deco Beads

These rock crystal beads are early 20th century. Most of the Chinese beads I have written about were carved in the 18th or 19th century …those beads are carved, pierced, reticulated and spherical… because the necklaces were created with beads from Mandarin Court strings. This 27" necklace was made for the Western market…the beads are […]

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Chinese Carved Mala Prayer Beads

While beads are often associated with adornment or jewelry, beads have been part of spiritual and religious practice…in all parts of the world…for tens of thousands of years. Prayer beads in Asia are often referred to as a mala …the beads range from simple materials to elaborately carved rare stones. A mala, commonly used by […]

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