Markings: Chop Mark signature, Tested, Guaranteed. Gram Weight: 66.0 Grams. Item Measurements: The necklace has a wearable length of 24", with a pendant that is 3" long by 3.25 wide.
Closure/Clasp Type: The chain is long enough to slip over the head. Link Type: Figure 8 links. Notable Features: This necklace was handmade in China during the Art Deco Period. The necklace chain is made up of Sterling Silver Figure 8-shaped links with six hollow bead accents.
The beads have an applied Sterling Silver floral design at the top and bottom of each bead. Using the repoussé technique, and has a small, decorative hole on the back that was left to allow heat to escape while the Sterling Silver was being formed. The pendant features the mythical qilin rider- and has a human figure seated atop the magical beast. The details of the man and qilin are absolutely stunning, with texture, intricate facial features, and clothing designs. A gorgeously ornate statement piece, this adjustable necklace is sure to catch the eye!
Please take this into consideration before. This beautiful piece comes from the Art Deco Era! The Art Deco Era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" Era.Many gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. 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 lasted until the 1960's. In a lot of ways, Chinese export jewelry fashioned what we know of jewelry today.
During these periods, Chinese craftsmen, including jewelers and stone cutters, were considered by far the best in the world. The wealthy would have a piece custom ordered through their local jeweler. They drafted a design which was then sent to China to be crafted and sent back. As you can imagine, this was not cheap, that being said, these pieces are very rare and few have survived until today.
Repoussé is an ancient metal-working technique. It involved shaping malleable silver first formed with an uniquely crafted three-dimensional mold. After the silver was formed from the mold, it was then further refined by hammering from the reverse side which added details to the front.The finished work was an intricate piece with grooves, indentations, and channeling. The silver was then polished, which was the final step to create these eye-catching treasures.
The qilin, or kirin, is a mythical hooved chimera creature known in Chinese and other East Asian cultures, said to appear with the imminent arrival or passing of a sage or illustrious ruler. It is a good omen thought to occasion prosperity or serenity. 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 yokai (demons). The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Qilin Kylin Rider Pendant Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, November 12, 2017. 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.