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Certified Untreated Jade Necklace with Sapphire, Diamond and 18 Karat Gold Clasp
This refreshing, bright minty green jadeite jade necklace from the Art Deco era is just sixteen inches in length and features an elegant clasp of 18K white gold centered with a gemmy little natural oval cut sapphire of about one-quarter carat. Small it may be, but it's a lovely little unheated sapphire in a very pleasing shade of blue distinctly reminiscent of blueberries. A smattering of tiny full-cut white diamonds adds just enough glitter. The seventy-one (71) lab-certified natural and untreated jadeite beads graduate in size from 4.70 mm near the clasp to 6.55 mm in the center. This is a petite though spectacularly chic necklace with translucent, evenly-toned light mint green beads that have retained their original mirror polish. I am normally drawn to much darker green jade but these beads stopped me in my tracks. They are just so lovely. I never use that word, lovely. But it's exactly the right word to describe these beads. They glow even in the shadows. I took the second-to-last photograph in dim natural light and I mean, just look. That's what the necklace looks like when you're in a dark room. And the first shots on the white bust is what the necklace looks like in indoor, office lighting. It's permanently beautiful. I love the combination of the minty green and blueberry sapphire. My grandmother from Atlanta who absolutely worshipped All Things Jade would have traded her husband for this necklace. You know how I know? Because she loved to make mint juleps by taking a handful of ice from her pastel pink GE Frost Guard refrigerator/freezer, tossing the ice into a stainless steel cocktail shaker, adding a handful of the mint that grew on both side of the red brick walkway that led to the kitchen door and a handful of blueberries from the bushes that grew with wild abandon near the little shed where she kept her rakes and other gardening implements. Then she would take one of her daddy's mortars (he had been a pharmacist) and she would crush the blueberries, mint, and ice all up together. Finally, she would add a tablespoon of sugar and a few glugs of bourbon. Then she'd screw on the top of the cocktail shaker and shake it so hard and fast her blond hair—which was cemented into position—would shake atop her head. Finally, she would poor the icy beverage into a tall cut-crystal glass and carry it out front onto the porch where she would take a seat in one of the old white wicker rocking chairs. The glass would already be sweating when she took her first sip and declared, "Oh, sheer and utter heaven." And the thing is, you could *see* heaven on her face, in her eyes. The combination of mint and blueberries; the sparkle of the ice and the decadence of bourbon in the early afternoon, it was bliss. I never saw her happier than when she made herself this drink. (While wearing her cool, imperial jade beads around her throat, of course). That's how I know for sure she would have loved this necklace beyond all reason and absolutely would have sent my grandfather packing in order to secure it. When the necklace came to me, the original silk thread was failing so I've had it freshly restrung, matching the original stringing as exactly as possible, including two knots between each bead which, because of the fineness of the silk string, do not show up unless one actively seeks them out. The original necklace had sterling silver wrapping the ends of the string where they attach to the clasp so that has been used again here. But because the necklace is freshly restrung and has never been worn, it has not "relaxed" yet and will seem a little stiff for a few days until gravity corrects everything. An artful, elegant and gemmy jade necklace from the 1930s, this is a wonderful gift for a bride, daughter, sister or for one's self.
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- Place of OriginUnknown
- Date of Manufacturecirca 1935
- Condition DetailsNewly restrung on fine silk cord, duplicating the original technique employed in the stringing. The beads have no cracks and retain their original high polish. The clasp has no issues.
- DimensionsD 16 in.D 406.4 mm
- Length16 in. (406.4 mm)
- Weight24.82 g
- Seller LocationSouthbury, CT
- Reference NumberLU158917332611
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