Thousands of people visit this site and arrive at a specific post via a search engine without seeing the main page. Please click on the PrivateCollection logo at the top to go there. The site is maintained as a Tribute to Susan as a small part of her legacy. Nothing on the site is for sale. Questions are sometimes answered, time permitting. PrivateCollection is the Photo Blog for Susan Dods, a long time antique dealer and collector. The site features photographs and commentary on very special pieces of Chinese Jewelry. View ALL of the posts in the archive with our exclusive PictureBook format.     相片书

Chinese Silver 8 Immortals Bracelet

A new version of the Eight Immortals… When I showed this bracelet to a friend she asked me why the maker would have made such an unusual variation of the traditional Immortals bracelet…

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The eight panels of this bracelet are triangles -curved and tapered.

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My first thought was that many of the Chinese silver ornaments that we have photographed are made by great craftsmen. But some of the great craftsmen are also artists… and artists are driven to create something new…

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I feel very lucky to have found this piece!

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Chinese Carved Smokey Quartz Bracelet

This is a rare bracelet that I have been trying to find for years. I found two smoky quartz pendants 5 years ago… so I have always believed there was a Chinese Carved Smokey Quartz bracelet out there somewhere … it would just be a matter of time.

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The carving of the quartz is very detailed and deep …each of the 5 stones is different. At first glance, because it is set in a solid silver backing, the carving has an almost onyx like appearance … but comes to life in light.

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The repoussé (early 2oth Century) is extremely well done and there is a fine vermeil wash giving the bracelet a changing character depending on the background and light…

I think that it was worth waiting for… I have to remind myself sometimes that there is a reason why some things are called rare!

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Sales Archive Closed

We have maintained an archive of the hundreds of items sold in our listing galleries since the very beginning of the Blog,

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While we have seen some very creative emails to ask for listing prices, we have also enjoyed the hundreds of emails thanking us for maintaining an archive that has helped people research and discover more about Chinese jewelry.

Unfortunately, because of recent abuses of the materials (including potential frauds), we have decided that it is best to take it offline. It is always sad that because of a few, everyone else suffers.

I really hope that you will understand and support this decision…. Susan

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Chinese Antique Carved Peach Pit Beads

This post might have been easily  titled "The Peach Pits of Immortality?" The small 10mm carved olive pits in this 19th century necklace may look familiar to you if you have been reading this blog for a while …

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They are the same size and carving as the pit beads in the Mandarin Court Necklace in PictureBook (2010-02-01). [link]

What makes this necklace special to me are the four huge carved peach pits… 40mm x 20mm with 2 carved with a monkey riding a horse and 2 carved with Buddhist monks.

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Chinese Amethyst White Jade Necklace

Once in a while we find a piece that I consider ‘really rare’… this amethyst and white jade necklace is my new favorite.

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What makes a piece rare? This is original 19th century Chinese knotting… and an unusual combination of amethyst and white jade…and the white Hetian jade plaque features the He-He twins carved in an early 19th century style … and the two sets of ‘Devil’s Work’ jade each have four interesting rings … the only 4 ring sets that I have ever owned…

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After 15 years of handling Chinese ornaments, I still get a thrill touching something this beautiful!

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