Category Archives: Chinese Jewelry

Chinese Mandarin Court Necklace (Chao Zhu) Auction

The Chinese Mandarin Court Necklace (Chao Zhu) restoration project for our; ”Out of the Attic” series, has been sold in a charity auction on eBay. The net proceeds of the auction will benefit the Northumberland Hills Hospital. I want to thank all of the people who contributed their time and care to this project. It […]

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Mandarin Court Necklace-Qing Dynasty Cultural Icon

If one were to pick a single symbol or ‘cultural icon’ to represent the 268 years of the Qing Dynasty, the Mandarin Court Necklace would certainly be on the short list. This pictorial timeline, shows that the necklace is a ‘constant’ throughout the reign of all 12 of the Emperors and Consorts. The beginning of […]

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Chinese Canton Enamel – Cloisonné Bead Comparison

Neither of the these enamel techniques have their origins in China. Enamel painting was introduced probably from the French in the early 18th century where it was adapted with such skill that the form is often referred to as ‘Canton Enamel’ because …Chinese artisans excel in it. [ click on images to enlarge …. photos […]

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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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