The most prized jadeite, particularly in China, is known as imperial jade.
Some of the items have added "view" links so you can see more pictures. The large hoops dangle from the golden findings, and the smaller hoops within twist and turn on their own, making them look like atomic style jewels, which they probably are. Excellent, clean condition, and very hard to find-- try it; I searched Google and could not find another set like these online.Matinee necklaces are longer (about 22 inches) while opera necklaces run from 30 to 35 inches long.Necklaces more than 40 inches long are referred to as ropes.Buying antique or vintage jewelry means first figuring out what it is, where and when it was made, and by whom.That’s why the first thing an experienced buyer will do is hold a piece up to a loupe and examine it for hallmarks. – do not have an official hallmarking system and the hallmarks of one country can vary dramatically from another.Nephrite, from calcium magnesium iron silicate, is comparatively common, but has long been valued for its strength and hardness.Most people think of the jade used in fine jewelry as a green gemstone, but jadeite is white in its pure form and actually appears in a wide range of colors, including lilac/lavender, pink, brown, red, blue, orange, yellow, and black.Gold was also fashioned into beads for necklaces, and gold wire was wrapped into decorative spirals.In addition to found and mined materials, necklaces also supported glass and ceramic pieces.Jade has been mined around the world for more than 2,000 years, but it wasn’t until 1863 that what was thought of as “jade” was revealed to be two distinct minerals—jadeite and nephrite.Jadeite, from sodium aluminum silicate, is the rarer of the two, and is therefore considered precious.