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  • Place of origin:

    China (carved)
    Europe (possibly, made)
    United States of America (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    20th Century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    jade and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Jade has long been particularly highly regarded in China, valued for its aesthetic qualities and for a series of metaphorical virtues the stone has come to represent. It comes in a variety of colours, and indeed the term jade encompasses two similar minerals, jadeite and nephrite. These beads were probably carved in China for the Western market. The enamelled gold clasp is either European or American-made.

Physical description

Necklace of graduated apple-green jade beads, with hexagonal gold clasp enamelled with flowers.

Place of Origin

China (carved)
Europe (possibly, made)
United States of America (possibly, made)


20th Century (made)



Materials and Techniques

jade and gold

Marks and inscriptions



Length: 395 mm fastened, Diameter: 9.5 mm largest bead

Descriptive line

Apple-green jade beads, gold clasp. China and Europe or U.S.A., 20th century.


Jade; Gold; Enamel


Metalwork; Jewellery


Metalwork Collection

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