NECKLACES WITH THEMES AND ARTIFACTS OF ASIAN CULTURES:
A small collar to celebrate, once again, a Chinese Year of the Tiger, here are two woven tigers flanking two Indian 22k gold pendants.
The center one depicting a goddess, most likely Durga*, riding a tiger, and the lower, a floral motif. - as are the two heart-shaped beads at the sides. The gem beads are of peridot, black spinnel. Baltic amber and others of 22k gold.
*Durga is seen as a motherly figure and often depicted as a beautiful woman, riding a lion or tiger, with many arms each carrying a weapon and often defeating demons. Durga riding a tiger indicates that She possesses unlimited power and uses it to protect virtue and destroy evil.
As the artist was born in one of those tiger years, she did not want to let this one pass without honoring it with a special design.
with antique silver pendant inlaid with turquoise and coral - matching beads and adjustable in length with special extenders. The weaving contains “eternal knots” and Venetian style mosaic glass beads.
A bracelet designed to accompany necklace #1697 - containing beads of Italian coral, Tibetan turquoise, and several types of silver beads. The floral design includes antique beads of glass mosaic, probably Venetian in origin.
#1690 a & b
Reversible collar with antique Kundan centerpiece set with diamonds and rubies - also antique 22k gold beads from India, pearls, crystals, coral, tourmaline, and garnet beads.
Kundan, a traditional form of Indian gemstone jewelry, which involves gems set with gold foil between the stones and their mounts. The gems were believed to have curative properties when placed against the skin. Probably originated in the royal courts of Rajasthan and Gujarat. *
*Let's Know Handicrafts of India by Amar Tyagi
Long necklace with antique Tibetan silver pendant set with coral, turquoise, and bronze - which may have been made in early 20th century during the Deco period. In addition, there are antique Tibetan silver beads and turquoise beads, Italian red corals cut in Deco design, and old African bronze tribal beads.
* This is the lower half of the image. Click on the necklace image to see the expanded and detailed view.