Monthly Archives: March 2013

Out of the Attic

Chinese Mandarin Court Necklace Restoration Project Introduction In 2007 when we were just getting the blog started, one of the first pieces I photographed for Susan was a Mandarin Court Necklace. There are two things that I remember the most. The first was trying to figure out how to lay out a very large and […]

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Antique Chinese Silver Jade Broach Conversion

I found a lovely antique Chinese broach with a beautiful 19th century jadeite carving …butterflies and flowers and set in a intricate silver setting. The pin was missing, clasp broken… but it was an ideal piece to use for a necklace. [ click on images to enlarge …. photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ] Silver […]

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Update–Chinese Mandarin Court Necklace Restoration

When we began the ‘Mandarin Court Necklace Restoration Project’, the first step was to contact Michael Cook, an expert in silk, (whose website, WormSpit, was referred to in an earlier post: Chinese Reeled and Plied Silk Thread) and send him one of the samples of the red silk used in the necklace. We asked Michael’s […]

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