Vintage, Sterling Silver, Carved Amethyst, and Rose Quartz Beads Necklace
Chinese Shou Beads
Three of the most important goals in life in Chinese traditional thought are the propitious blessings of happiness (fú 福), professional success or prosperity (lù 祿), and longevity (shòu 壽). These are visually represented by the three "star gods" of the same names (Fú, Lù, Shòu) The Chinese character shòu (壽) is usually found on textiles, furniture, ceramics and jewelry. The ideograph may appear alone or be surrounded by flowers, bats, or other good luck symbols, but will always hold a central position.
This fabulous Chinese Export necklace features twenty-seven, carved Rose Quartz and Amethyst 'Shou' beads. There is a uniquely carved rectangular Rose Quartz station at the center. Small, clear crystal, or perhaps clear quartz beads, are strung in between each gemstone bead. The Rose Quartz carving is bezel set in a sterling silver setting which closes with a push in /slide lock clasp. The back of the frame is marked Sterling (see close up photo). It is strung with pink silk thread
The Rose Quartz which are larger, measure approximately 14mm.(average) The Amethyst beads measure approximately 11mm.
The Necklace measures approximately 18.5" long, opened from clasp end to end.
The center station measures approximately 1 1/4" across x 7/8" high. measures
A fantastic, rare, piece with beautifully carved Shou beads!
Weight - Approx. 94 grams
Carat Weight - Approx. 470 Ct
I have not cleaned or polished this necklace. All beads are in wonderful vintage condition and the sterling frame closes properly.
The silk has stretched quite a bit so you will need to have it restrung if planning to wear it.
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