Carved Jadeite & Diamond Pendant Monkey
Both jadeite and nephrite are typically listed under the header of “jade”. Jadeite has a wider range of colors and is somewhat rarer than nephrite. Used for spiritual and ornamental purposes, jadeite was held in great esteem and valued more highly than gold by the ancient Mesoamerican civilizations of the Olmec, Maya and Aztec. The Chinese coveted the mineral as a precious gem for personal adornment and for decorative and funerary objects. It was designated as the royal gem and as a symbol for the official state worship of the Heaven, Earth and the Four Quarters.
Here we see a magnificent pendant carved from gem quality natural jadeite. Un-dye and affected by no treatments whatever, the intense green color is even throughout and has a watery luster with few peers. Nicely sized (36.40 x 19.40 x 4.30 mm) the carved pendant depicts a monkey, a bat and fungus. All aspects of Chinese symbolism, the monkey will bring optimism and energy, the bat good fortune and the fungus longevity to those who carry the images with them. The gorgeous amulet is accented with a modern 18k white gold bale with set with thirty-seven (37) brilliant cut diamonds with a total estimated weight of .28 carats.
The jadeite is accompanied by a GIA certificate.
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Date: Jade is earlier 20th century; mount is modern.
Measurements: 2-1/4 inches (5.8 cm) in length by 13/16 of an inch (2.0 cm) in width. Weight of 8.2 grams (5.2 dwt).
Hallmarks: 750; 0300.
Origin: Mounting is European.
Note: Diamond weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual if removed. Grading may also vary. All metals are acid tested.
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