Fine Nephrite Bead Necklace from Midcentury
Forty-five translucent nephrite jade beads measuring just over 8 mm's each comprise this classic, timelessly elegant 17" necklace. The gold-washed silver clasp with figure-eight safety catch is bezel-set with a perfectly matched 9.5 mm x 8.5 mm oval nephrite cabochon. This circa 1960s necklace is truly stunning. The beads are carved from of the finest quality Chinese nephrite of rich and evenly saturated leaf green. They have maintained their original high polish and are still on their original string. The high translucency of the beads allows them to do the most wondrous things with light, gleaming one moment and softly glowing the next. Jadeite and nephrite are the two most familiar forms of the stone "jade." For thousands of years in China, Chinese nephrite was valued above all other gems for both its utilitarian capabilities as well as its phenomenal beauty. Nephrite is a tough stone, stronger than steel. Therefore, there are ax-heads and chains carved from nephrite. But because of nephrite's magnificent beauty, it was also the original "imperial jade" worn by the royal families of the imperial courts. Jadeite replaced nephrite in popularity in the 19th-century and has since then become among the most valuable gems on earth. But nephrite jade is surging once again in popularity and this necklace is a perfect example why: it's a magnificent stone. It's not inferior to jadeite; it's not better nor worse: it's different. Jadeite has a glass-like polish while nephrite's polish is softer, more oily. Jadeite's color palate is more expansive and more vivid; nephrite is more muted. Make no mistake: these are not flat, dark, Army-green beads; this is gemmy, gorgeous nephrite. And this is a classic necklace that you can wear every day. Nothing feels more luxurious than a necklace of natural jade and this jade necklace ships with a certificate stating that it is natural and untreated nephrite jade. A midcentury treasure.
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- Place of OriginUnknown
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1960
- Condition DetailsNecklace in excellent condition with no damage to the beads or cabochon.
- DimensionsD 17 in.D 431.8 mm
- Length17 in. (431.8 mm)
- Weight40.35 g
- Seller LocationSouthbury, CT
- Reference NumberLU158918415842
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