A colorful, well made Chinese necklace from the estate of Dr. Edwin McMillan, 1951 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry. The bracelet was purchased in San Francisco in the 1950s.
A pale green and white jade necklace of forty-three graduated beads that have been hand knotted with a pale green cord. The clasp is a vintage 1950’s 14 carat marked gold rectangular gold filigree clasp. The jadeite is a translucent pale green with a profusion of vivid apple green spotting. They glow from within when held to a light. The jade has a nice weight to it and feel cold to the touch. The beads have not been color enhanced and are natural (type A) jade.
The only mark is the 14 Kt on the clasp.
16” (40.6 cm) long
Beads range from 9 mm to 7 mm diameter. Weighs 1.5 oz (45 g)
The 14K clasp and all beads except possibly one are perfect, except for natural inclusions. One bead potentially has a crack; it looks similar to the other natural inclusions but I believe I can feel a crack with my fingernail. (See closeup photo). The other inclusions do not feel at all rough and so we believe those are natural stone fissures. There is some wear to the original silk cord.
A beautiful necklace that matches a bracelet we have on here. They were together as a set. A beautiful and elegant necklace of a lovely-colored jade to give as a gift or to wear out on the town.