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Chinese Antique Carved Amethyst Court Beads

Amethyst is one of the most popular varieties of the quartz family… there are many ancient legends about these lovely stones.

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[ click on images to enlarge …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ]

“Formerly it was believed that amethyst protected drinkers from becoming drunk…worn as an amulet, amethyst was used as a charm against poisons" …Precious and Semiprecious Stones, Bauer and Bouska.

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But purple has always been one of my favorite colors and you can imagine how exited I was to find a string of 108 amethyst beads carved with the Shou symbol.

The carving again suggests that these are probably 18th century Mandarin Court beads …

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  1. 徐六官
    Posted September 16, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Permalink


  2. Susan
    Posted October 1, 2011 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Google Translates: This auction items are ready to show it? Or want to exchange trading it!

    Reply: These pieces are for display and not for sale… 这些作品显示和不卖

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