Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace

Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace

Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace

Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace



Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace


Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace


Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace
  Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace
We have similar Chinese items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Age Circa: Art Deco C. Gold Plated over Base Metal. 6.75 diameter, Semi-translucent deep green hue with internal matrices of varying green shades and shimmering inclusions. The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists.

Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Carved and Polished Cabochon Beads. This necklace has a wearable length of 30.5" and measures 0.25" wide.

Aventurine Beads on Double Knotted Silk String. This necklace was handmade during the Art Deco era.

The necklace features beautiful aventurine beads strung on a green silk string and is completed with a gold plated over base metal spring ring clasp. The flawless carving of the aventurine is a beautiful example of the expertise of Chinese and Tibetan stonecutters, who were revered for their meticulous and detailed work with a variety of stones. Since the Victorian era, wealthy Europeans had been custom ordering jewelry from China and Tibet as jewelers from this region were considered some of the best in the world.

The process of ordering, making and receiving Chinese export jewelry could take months at a time, so pieces like this necklace were very expensive and highly desirable. The aventurine beads have a stunning, deep green hue and are semi-translucent, allowing light to filter through the beads and illuminate their unique internal matrices of darker and lighter green shades, as well as the shimmering and sparkling inclusions this variety of stone is so prized for. Some of the beads also showcase natural stress lines and internal fractures which were created upon formation, adding to their beauty. Each bead was carved by hand and drilled before being strung on the green silk string, the jeweler taking time to double knot the string between the aventurine beads to prevent damage from friction or loss of beads in the case of a break.


To add contrast and make the green aventurine pop the necklace is completed with a gold plated over base metal spring ring clasp, which also allows for comfortable and secure wear of this substantial piece of jewelry. When worn the necklace dangles down the chest and rests against the decolletage on most people. A beautiful example of Chinese export jewelry from the Art Deco era, this necklace would make a valuable addition to any antique jewelry collection. Don't miss your chance to preserve this piece of cultural history. Some of the aventurine beads showcase internal stress lines and fractures which were created upon formation of the stone they were carved from; these are completely natural and the stones are secure.

This listing is for the item only. The Art Deco era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940.

Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specifically cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s. During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world. The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe. This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Tibetan jewelry and art is deeply symbolic. It is an important part of religion, spirituality and the lifestyle of Tibet.

Tibetan jewelry is quite beautiful, featuring large, simple designs with vibrant colors. The colors most used are bright red and blue. The talented Tibetan silver and goldsmiths passed down skills through their families from generation to generation, resulting in their jewelers being believed to be one of the wonders of the Medieval world.


The jewelry is made from the highest-quality silver and often features turquoise, coral, lapis and amber gemstones. Tibetans believe that turquoise and coral have healing qualities and that gemstones can provide protection and help with enlightenment. Chinese stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world. They would spend years learning to hand-carve many different types of stones and excelled in creating finely detailed pieces other artisans couldnt even hope to compare to.

Their skill was so refined that they could even carve delicate stones like coral and jade. Chinese stone cutters were so talented that Victorian era European socialites would commission pieces from them, preferring the hefty price tag that came with such high-quality work to the ready availability of Western stonework. Aventurine is a gemstone form of quartz. The stone is usually a semi-translucent green color and has flecks of shimmering mineral inclusions.

These sparkling inclusions are so desirable that gemologists coined the term aventurescence to refer to the reflective, metallic glitter they create. Aventurine is known as the Stone of Opportunity and believed to be very lucky. Most aventurine stones are carved into beads or figurines, with only the highest quality pieces cut into cabochons to be set in jewelry.

The item "Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace" is in sale since Saturday, December 1, 2018. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.

  • Ethnic Origin: Chinese
  • Modified Item: No
  • Country/Region of Manufacture: China
  • Style: Strand/String
  • Main Stone: Aventurine
  • Metal: Gold Plated
  • Type: Beads
  • Material: Silk


Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace
  Antique Vintage Deco Gold Plated Chinese Tibetan Aventurine Prayer Bead Necklace



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