Age Circa : Art Deco C. Gram Weight : 55.3 Grams.Main Stone Measurements/Color : The round beads measure 8 mm in diameter. The smallest polygonal bead measures 19 mm long by 10 mm wide, and the largest measures 27 mm long by 12 mm wide. They are a light and medium hunter green color with a red and brown spotted matrix. Stone Treatment : The stones appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists and cannot be sure. Stone Cuts : Hand carved round and polygonal beads. Item Measurements : This necklace has an expandable wearable length of 16.0" to 25.0". This lovely strand of jade prayer beads was made during the Art Deco period by a talented Chinese stone cutter and jeweler. It features gorgeous light and medium hunter green hues of alternating polygonal and round agate beads. A gorgeous dotted red and brown matrix is visible on several of these stones. Tied together with cornflower blue silk string, this piece has been double knotted to increase durability and prevent friction rubbing when worn. The adjustable cord has a striking, gorgeous metallic gold, peach, yellow, and blue colored woven pattern. It has an expandable wearable length that is 16.0" long and adjusts to up to 25.0", and would make a great bead necklace in length. These beautiful prayer beads would make a great gift for a loved one. A few of the beads have very minor pitting. This is not uncommon for a piece this age, and does not affect the security or beauty of the piece. The price has been reduced to reflect this. This beautiful piece was made in the Art Deco Era! 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. 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. Chinese Stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world during the Vintage Era. They would carve western themes as well as the rarer traditional eastern themes into their many pieces.
Prayer beads are used by members of various religious traditions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism and the Bahá'í Faith to mark the repetitions of prayers, chants or devotions. The number of beads varies by religion or use. Since the beads are fingered in an automatic manner, they allow the user to keep track of how many prayers have been said with a minimal amount of conscious effort, which in turn allows greater attention to be paid to the prayers themselves. Agates are semi-precious stones that are a variety of chalcedony formed from layers of quartz.The stone usually shows varicolored bands with rounded nodules or veins. Agates form over time when an empty pocket develops inside of a rock. Microcrystals will form layer-by-layer and vary in color and arrangement due to changes in pressure, temperature, and mineral content. Each agate is unique because of these changes and even slabs cut from the same specimen will vary in color and design. Please take this into consideration before. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped worldwide.