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Dragonfly Antique Jade Diamond Necklace Lariat

20k antique jadeite jade lariat necklace made up of three dragonflies strung in a Y chain necklace.

This necklace should date to the late 19th century. It is an important piece of historical jewellery, because it forms the identity of early well-designed Straits Chinese jewellery aesthetic.
Each dragonfly is set with 4 marquise jade cabochons and 10 graduating hand-cut rose-cut diamonds. The unique character of Straits Chinese rose cut diamonds of this period is its random hand cut facets, distinct from the more symmetrical Western rose cut. The diamonds look organic and its shine is truly from its few facets.

The jadeite is so lovely, the apple green locked tightly with darker striations, with no true distinct separations. Yet they are pieces that are uniquely coloured and not identical. As a whole though, the jade pieces bind the three dragonflies in a single aesthetic.
I feel this necklace is very lively for one reason – the eyes never seem to get enough of gazing at the dragonflies! If this is not mesmerizing (jewellery art) what could possibly be? This is in fact the essence of Art Nouveau allure.
The necklace is choker length, at 15″, with a drop of 7cm including the dragonfly (4cm tall). It displays prominently, all three dragonflies showing above most tops.
Given this piece is very old, the jadeite is not 100% smooth to modern eyes, but it is authentic and in excellent condition.
I always wonder how the original owners could have parted with it 🙂
Destiny is mapped quite like the flight of these little beings. You cannot quite control it, but you can once.

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