The cordage is obviously a recent replacement, but based on the patina and wear, the amulet and matching bead are also obviously very old. I tested it on a presidium gem tester, it tested jadeite, but I saw more comparable nephrite items than I did jadeite.
I also saw similar foliage carved on a piece that proclaimed to be from the Qianlong period of the Qing Dynasty. I know the Qing Dynasty lasted six centuries until 1912ish. I'm only passing on what I found. I would love to know more about the piece.
It is adjustable, so you can get it over your head and then shorten it back up. There are two slide knots, one at each side. They slide so that they are directly next to each other in the center. When the slide is completely open, the necklace measures approximately 16 inches long from back center to bottom of amulet.When the slide is completely closed, the necklace measures approximately 13 inches long from the back center to the bottom of the amulet. The jadeite or nephrite has a beautiful lustrous patina, and the craftsmanship is beyond the expected. The artist took the time to carve/finish every part of the stone, he or she even took special care to carve/finish the back. The carving is further brought out by the russet and Celadon veins of color running through the stone. As you can see, it is very delicate and translucent. I t is in excellent pre-owned condition. Please review the photos for a complete description.
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