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70s Chinese Turquoise Coral Hardstone Silver Necklace

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Strands: Jewels: Pre 1980: Item # 1250254
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Baltimore, MD 21212

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Spectacular statement size vintage 1970s necklace with very large Chinese turquoise beads and smaller turquoise beads accented with red, salmon, and angel skin coral beads, translucent beads which are probably serpentine, silver repousse butterfly form beads, and a large centerpiece with a carved hardstone element mounted in silver set with turquoise and coral cabochons. The large carved oblong stone is possibly jade, or possibly another hardstone such as serpentine. It may be older than the other elements in the necklace. The clasp is marked STERLING on the small ring attached to the spring ring. The beads may be a lower grade of silver. Great size -- wearable length is 23 inches. The center tassel drops 5 3/4 inches. The carved oblong stone is 2 inches long and 5/8 inch wide. The largest turquoise beads are 3/4 inch or 18mm in diameter. Excellent condition. Some large turquoise beads have naturally occurring openings, and one has an area where the dark matrix is exposed (pictured). All beads are completely stable. Display form is life size. Photos enlarged to show detail.