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Chinese Jewelry

In ancient China, jewelry was worn by both men and women to represent wealth and nobility. Chinese culture valued silver and jade over gold, and held each material and subject matter with symbolic significance. These symbols were usually derived from puns, and included luck, health, love, prosperity, success, longevity, and fertility.

Bracelets, necklaces, hair pins, earrings, rings, and various headdresses and headbands were among the many different kinds of jewelry created in China. Ancient jewelry, particularly that of the royals, was buried with the deceased owners. As a result, much of these ancient works survived to modern day.

As trade increased on the Silk Road, so did the variety of materials used to create Chinese jewelry. Lapis lazuli, pearls, cloisonné, ivory, and glass beads were added to the repertoire of materials used to embellish jewelry. The more jewelry the wearer had, the more prestigious he or she was.


Quick Facts

  • Throughout history, the Chinese paid close attention to the symbolism of color in jewelry. Blue kingfisher feathers, blue gems, and blue enameling were reserved for nobility only
  • The art of kingfisher feather ornamentation for jewelry was painstaking and difficult. The feathers of the bird were carefully cut and inlaid using clear glue into silver. This art, called "tian tsui," is now banned
  • Most Chinese jewelry pieces on the art market were created during the Victorian era in China to export to the West due to high demand

Recommended Items at Auction

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Chinese carved cinnabar bracelet
Oct 05, 5:00 PM EDT
Chinese carved cinnabar bracelet
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$32 Bids
A CHINESE CRYSTAL ARCHER'S RING
Oct 08, 6:00 PM MST
A CHINESE CRYSTAL ARCHER'S RING
by AZP Art Gallery Corp.
Est: $200- $400
$1001 Bid
Chinese Export Jade Coral Turquoise Pin & Clip 2pc
Oct 12, 12:00 PM EDT
Chinese Export Jade Coral Turquoise Pin & Clip 2pc
by MiddleManBrokers
Est: $1- $1,000
$11 Bid
Chinese carved cinnabar & gold flake bracelet
Oct 05, 5:00 PM EDT
Chinese carved cinnabar & gold flake bracelet
by Richard L. Edwards Auctioneer
Est: $1- $5,000
$11 Bid
Tibetan Silver Asian Stamped Clover Bangle
Oct 11, 10:00 PM EDT
Tibetan Silver Asian Stamped Clover Bangle
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $90
$300 Bids
Asian Tibetan Silver Frog Bracelet
Oct 11, 10:00 PM EDT
Asian Tibetan Silver Frog Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$650 Bids
Tibetan Silver Asian Stamped Clover Bangle
Oct 11, 10:00 PM EDT
Tibetan Silver Asian Stamped Clover Bangle
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $90
$300 Bids
CHINESE GOLD TONE DRAGON BROOCH WITH PEARL
Oct 06, 10:00 PM EDT
CHINESE GOLD TONE DRAGON BROOCH WITH PEARL
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $150
$500 Bids
ASIAN TIBETAN SILVER CLOVER BANGLE
Oct 06, 10:00 PM EDT
ASIAN TIBETAN SILVER CLOVER BANGLE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $70- $90
$500 Bids
TIBETAN SILVER DECORATED LADIES ASIAN BANGLE
Oct 06, 10:00 PM EDT
TIBETAN SILVER DECORATED LADIES ASIAN BANGLE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $70- $90
$600 Bids
Tibetan Silver Flying Dragon Bracelet
Oct 11, 10:00 PM EDT
Tibetan Silver Flying Dragon Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
Drei tibetische Schmuckstücke
Oct 15, 10:00 AM CEST
Drei tibetische Schmuckstücke
by Kiefer Buch- und Kunstauktionen
Est: €100- €150
€1000 Bids
Tibetan Silver Flying Dragon Bracelet
Oct 04, 10:00 PM EDT
Tibetan Silver Flying Dragon Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
Asian Tibetan Silver Frog Bracelet
Oct 04, 10:00 PM EDT
Asian Tibetan Silver Frog Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
Asian Tibetan Silver Clover Bangle
Oct 05, 10:00 PM EDT
Asian Tibetan Silver Clover Bangle
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $70- $90
$450 Bids
Tibetan Silver Asian Stamped Clover Bangle
Oct 05, 10:00 PM EDT
Tibetan Silver Asian Stamped Clover Bangle
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $90
$300 Bids
Asian Tibetan Silver Frog Bracelet
Oct 05, 10:00 PM EDT
Asian Tibetan Silver Frog Bracelet
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $200
$700 Bids
TIBETAN SILVER FLYING DRAGON BRACELET
Oct 12, 10:00 PM EDT
TIBETAN SILVER FLYING DRAGON BRACELET
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $150- $250
$700 Bids
SINGLE FLOWER DESIGN TIBETAN SILVER BANGLE CUFF
Oct 12, 10:00 PM EDT
SINGLE FLOWER DESIGN TIBETAN SILVER BANGLE CUFF
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $60- $90
$450 Bids
ASIAN TIBETAN SILVER FROG BRACELET
Oct 12, 10:00 PM EDT
ASIAN TIBETAN SILVER FROG BRACELET
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $100- $200
$750 Bids
TIBETAN SILVER ELEPHANT DECORATED BANGLE
Oct 12, 10:00 PM EDT
TIBETAN SILVER ELEPHANT DECORATED BANGLE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $90- $120
$600 Bids
TIBETAN SILVER DECORATED LADIES ASIAN BANGLE
Oct 12, 10:00 PM EDT
TIBETAN SILVER DECORATED LADIES ASIAN BANGLE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $70- $90
$600 Bids
ASIAN TIBETAN SILVER CLOVER BANGLE
Oct 12, 10:00 PM EDT
ASIAN TIBETAN SILVER CLOVER BANGLE
by Weatherham Estate Treasures
Est: $70- $90
$500 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Jewelry


Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures