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Chinese Necklaces & Pendants

Jewelry in Neolithic times was originally worn for its talismanic qualities. Images of animals were crafted and worn as necklaces or pendants in order to ward off evil and provide protection to the wearer. Later, necklaces and pendants of jade, ivory, gold, silver, glass beads, and kingfisher feathers alike were worn by the most esteemed and wealthy members of society. Some Chinese necklaces and amulets were even made by knotting cord into intricate flower-like patterns.

The motifs depicted on Chinese necklaces and pendants withstood the test of time and today remain significant to the Chinese. Often, motifs were geared toward the hope that a couple’s son would pass the Civil Service Examinations, which was viewed as the only way to move up in society. To this day, necklaces and pendants with various symbolic animals or illustrations of famous allegories are gifted in order to bring good omens.


Quick Facts

  • Many amulets were historically shaped like locks in order to symbolize the “locking” of a person to the earth so that he or she may not die
  • Jade necklaces and pendants were often given to honor a child's birth or a marriage because of jade's value. The Chinese viewed jade as more valuable than money itself, as it never loses its meaning
  • While nowadays Chinese necklaces and pendants are often seen adorning women, most Chinese jewelry and associated symbolism were made for the sons of Chinese society

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A FINE TIBETAN BUDDHIST GAWU PENDANT
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A FINE WHITE BRONZE NECKLACE
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A FINE WHITE BRONZE NECKLACE
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A FINE TIBETAN BUDDHISM BRONZE PENDANT
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Lot (4) van drie Chinese pendatieven en één riemge…
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RARE CHINESE AMETHYST, POSSIBLY IMPERIAL, NECKLACE.
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A FINE TIBETAN BUDDHIST GAWU PENDANT
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A FINE TIBETAN BUDDHIST GAWU PENDANT
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A FINE TIBETAN BUDDHISM BRONZE PENDANT
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A FINE TIBETAN BUDDHISM BRONZE PENDANT
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Sellers Who Sell Chinese Necklaces & Pendants


Simrit Collection

Simrit Collection

William's Auctions, LLC

William's Auctions, LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Hannam's Auctioneers

Hannam's Auctioneers