925 sterling silver prayer box pendant. 925 sterling silver plated over base metal replacement clasp.
Disk-shaped carving: 21.80 mm length, 3.59 mm depth. Color: semi-translucent deep orange hue with mottled lighter and darker orange hues. The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.Stone Cuts : Polished and carved round bead and disk-shaped carnelian. Cord width : 8.58 mm. Closure/Clasp Type: Standard bale, fancy lobster-like clasp. Link Type: Brown woven replacement cord.
The pendant was handmade during the Art Deco era in China, a rare piece of Chinese export jewelry. Chinese export jewelry was highly desirable amongst the aristocracy during the Art Deco era. 925 sterling silver, as well as a. 925 sterling silver plated over base metal replacement clasp; the clasp and cord was added later in the pendant's history. Features two beautiful carnelian stones, which are a deep orange hue with mottled lighter and darker orange hues.Each carnelian adorns the lavaliere pendant, with a large round carnelian bead at the top and a smaller disk-shaped carving dangling at the bottom. Showcases a huge prayer box, which opens by pulling the lower carnelian stone down to reveal a sterling silver tube design. A written prayer would traditionally be folded around the tube and pulled upwards into the prayer box. The sterling silver prayer box contains foliate designs and a hexagonal design. The pendant dangles from a woven brown cord that is finished with a fancy silver plated replacement clasp, created by Hobe.
The clasp and cord are replacement from later in the prayer box's history. There is also tarnish on the sterling silver, which gives the pendant a lovely antique quality.
The price has been reduced to reflect this. This listing is for the item only. 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.
Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s.During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world. The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe.
This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Carnelian is a beautiful form of chalcedony gemstone that has been used to create jewelry for nearly 5000 years.
It is an opaque-looking stone that ranges in red hues from pale orange to an intense, almost black blood red. Called the stone of kings, carnelian was well suited to carving, and would often be used in seal rings by the great ancient civilizations. Prayer boxes come in many shapes, sizes, and materials, and are used by many different faiths, including Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.
These faiths would encourage practitioners to write down prayers or religious musings on a small piece of paper and put it inside the prayer box. If the prayer box was small enough, it could be incorporated into jewelry, so the prayers could be carried everywhere with the wearer. The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Carnelian Prayer Box Necklace 46.5g" is in sale since Sunday, March 14, 2021. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants".
The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.