We have similar Art Deco and Chinese items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Angela A. Age Circa : Art Deco C. Markings: "Silver China" on the back of the brooch.Gram Weight : 11.4 grams. Metal Type: Yellow gold wash over. Color: semi-translucent light green hue with lighter green hues throughout. Stone Treatment: 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. Stone Cuts: Polished high relief carving. Brooch, lapel pin, hat pin, scarf pin, tie pin.
Closure Type: Pin stem with a "c" clasp; the clasp can be repaired by your local jeweler to be closed securely. Convertible to Pendant: If desired, your local jeweler can add a bale to this piece, so it can be worn as a pendant. Handmade during the Art Deco era in China, a lovely example of Chinese export jewelry. Crafted from yellow gold wash over. 925 sterling silver, the brooch features a carved jadeite jade stone.The jadeite jade contains a gorgeous light green hue with areas of lighter green throughout. Chinese stonecutters expertly carved the jadeite into a floral motif with curling leaves. The stone is bordered by leaf motifs adorned with hand-applied green enamel. The brooch is completed with a "c" clasp for wear on a variety of clothing and accessories.
The "c" clasp is missing its locking mechanism, and does not clasp securely; this can be repaired by your local jeweler in order for the brooch to be worn securely. There is wear to the gold wash in some places, revealing the sterling silver underneath. There is light build-up of dirt on the jadeite jade stone, which could be removed with a cleaning. The price has been reduced to reflect this. 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 1935. 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. It was in Chinawhere the gem-carving tradition was already thousands of years oldthat jadeite reached its peak as an important artistic medium.
The first jadeite reached China in the late 1700s, and late eighteenth and early nineteenth century carvers created masterpieces that are still unsurpassed in concept, design, and technical execution. Jadeite is prized for its hardness and density and occurs in green, white, orange, yellow, lavender, red, gray, and black hues. The highest grade of jadeite is translucent and has an even color distribution.
Enameling originally dates all the way back to the ancient Persians of Meenakari. The technique involves bonding powdered glass to a base, usually gold, by firing (heating and melting the glass onto the metal).
The glass hardens to form a layer of pigment over the metal. Enamel is made of colored powdered glass or may include clear powdered glass that is mixed with colorful metallic pigments.
It was used by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Celts; and later the Chinese and Georgians. It resurged in popularity in the 20th century.It is primarily used on decorative art or jewelry, usually small in size. Besides jewelry, enamel can also be applied to glass, ceramic, stone, and various other materials. The item "Antique Vintage Deco 925 Sterling Silver Chinese Jadeite Jade Pin Brooch 11.4g" is in sale since Saturday, December 12, 2020. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Pins, Brooches". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.