Closure/Clasp Type: Screw on Cloisonne Baked Clasp. Notable Features: This necklace would have been handmade during the Art Deco era. Exotic jewelry from the far east was all the rage during this era. The necklace would have been hand sketched out and hand assembled from the beginning stage to the last. The necklace features a beautiful 2 strand motif of natural coral with a black hue.
The beads would have been hand strung on silk string and are double knotted in between to prevent friction rubbing. The necklace also includes 6 honeycomb carved natural orange agate beads as well. It also features two more agate beads that dangle at the bottom of the necklace.
Strung throughout the necklace are hand hammered repousse beads as well as a hand hammered repousse Kylin Rider. The Chinese Kylin Rider features beautiful 3D details with hand chiseled and chased patterns throughout. Underneath the rider are intricate bell pendants that dangle below the Kylin rider. This necklace is truly a museum quality piece of jewelry. Please don't miss your chance to own this special part of history.
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. 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. Agate is a type of translucent microcrystalline quartz.
It comes in many different colors including white, red, black, yellow, brown, or pink. Agate forms when silica from groundwater deposits into the cavities of igneous rocks. Different compositions of groundwater create different colors of agate. Agate gemstones have been used for thousands of years and are commonly found rings, pendants, necklaces, and beads.Some are even made into small sculptures! The qilin, or kyrin, is a mythical hooved chimerical creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures. It is said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler, and is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity.
Qilin are usually depicted with what looks like fire all over their body. Qilin generally have Chinese dragon-like features; curved antlers, eyes with thick eyelashes, manes that always flow upward and beards. The body is fully or partially scaled and often shaped like an ox, deer, or horse. They are always shown with cloven hooves. A popular figure in Chinese lore is the qilin rider, a hero who defeats malevolent demons.Chasing is a metalworking technique that uses a nail-like tool and hammer to hand etch patterns onto a metal surface. This process creates a design that is sunk into the front of the surface using indentations, grooves, and channeling. Chasing is thousands of years old and was very difficult and time-consuming technique that is still used by metalsmiths today. Repoussé began as an ancient metal working technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast.
Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. Please take this into consideration before. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Coral Qilin Kylin Rider Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, April 8, 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.