Chain charm measurements : 0.31" to 0.49" length, 0.25" to 0.31" width. Handmade during the Art Deco era in Tibet, a rare piece of Chinese export jewelry. Features five strands of fancy woven chain links, held together by nine charms. Several charms contain the motif of the Endless Knot, one of the Auspicious Symbols in Tibetan Buddhism. Other charms showcase rounded, shield-like motifs, as well as abstract, flowing designs.
The clasp is adorned with another rounded, raised design, created using the repousse metalworking technique. Completed with a threaded post interlocking clasp for secure wear.There are six breaks to the chain with parts of the chain missing, which appears to have been a purposeful design choice because each break occurs at a symmetrical location around the necklace and gives the necklace a tapered design; the breaks are hidden by the charms and this does not affect wear. Two links on the woven chain have come loose; this can be repaired by your local jeweler, if desired. There is also a dent and a break to the sterling silver on one rounded charm. Tarnish on the silver gives the necklace an antique look we believe is quite lovely. Tarnish can be removed using a polishing cloth if so desired. 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 specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually 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. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking 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. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.