Age Circa : Art Deco C. Markings : "925 S" and Chinese chop marks on the pendant bale, "Italy S925" on the clasp of the replacement chain. Gram Weight : 5.9 grams. Color: semi-translucent celadon green hue. 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 : Carved and polished bat. Chain width: 1.05 mm. Pendant measurements: 1.2" long, 0.50" wide, 0.30 in depth. Closure/Clasp Type: Spring ring clasp. Link Type: Barley corn chain. Handmade during the Art Deco era in China.
Jewelry made in China was extremely popular amongst European and North American aristocrats during this time period. Features a stunning jadeite jade stone which was carved by hand into what appears to be a bat, a popular motif in Chinese jewelry.
The jadeite jade stone is semi-translucent, allowing light to filter through its body and illuminate its celadon hue; please reference the sixth photo provided above for a staged example of the stone's translucency. To keep the stone secure, it rests in a sterling silver frame with prong settings which would have been custom-made to fit the shape of the carving. The pendant is strung on a barley corn link chain, which is a replacement added by a previous owner. The chain is completed with a spring ring clasp. When worn, the necklace sits just below the collarbone with the pendant resting against the decolletage on most people.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. 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. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Carved Jadeite Jade Necklace 5.9g" is in sale since Saturday, July 25, 2020. 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.