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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Chinese Cloisonné Bead Necklace, Jewelry
Dec 07, 10:00 AM EST
Chinese Cloisonné Bead Necklace, Jewelry
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc.
Est: $50- $150
$253 Bids
OLD Chinese Lapis Bead (each bead 20mm) Necklace, 30" total
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
OLD Chinese Lapis Bead (each bead 20mm) Necklace, 30" total
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$703 Bids
OLD Chinese Large Beads Dark Red Agate Neckalce, 30"
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
OLD Chinese Large Beads Dark Red Agate Neckalce, 30"
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$502 Bids
ANTIQUE Chinese Necklace, 38" long. 19th C
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
ANTIQUE Chinese Necklace, 38" long. 19th C
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$502 Bids
FINE Chinese Lapis Lazuli Large Bead Necklace, 31" long
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
FINE Chinese Lapis Lazuli Large Bead Necklace, 31" long
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $100- $20,000
$501 Bid
Old Long Chinese Ivory necklace with large beads, 38" long total
Dec 10, 10:00 AM EST
Old Long Chinese Ivory necklace with large beads, 38" long total
by Washingtonian Auction
Est: $300- $500
$1001 Bid
Chinese Etched Bead Necklace
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Chinese Etched Bead Necklace
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£51 Bid
Chinese Dragon Amulet
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Chinese Dragon Amulet
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £50- £70
£51 Bid
A carved Chinese jadeite pendant attached to a 10kt yellow gold rope chain.
Dec 07, 9:00 AM PST
A carved Chinese jadeite pendant attached to a 10kt yellow gold rope chain.
by Maynards Fine Art & Antiques
Est: $200- $300
$1401 Bid
CHINESE LAPIS NECKLACE
Nov 30, 11:30 AM EST
CHINESE LAPIS NECKLACE
by Latair Auctions
Est: $400- $600
$1001 Bid
Chinese Song Dynasty Carved Agate Pendants (4pc)
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Chinese Song Dynasty Carved Agate Pendants (4pc)
by J. James Auctioneers and Appraisers
Est: $600- $1,200
$1000 Bids
Chinese Dragon Amulet
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Chinese Dragon Amulet
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £50- £70
£50 Bids
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Antique Chinese silver necklace “God of Longevity Shou ? on the deer”
Dec 04, 11:00 AM EST
Antique Chinese silver necklace “God of Longevity Shou ? on the deer”
by Eternity Gallery
Est: $800- $1,600
$3000 Bids
Chinese Liao Dynasty Bronze Figural Pendants (2pc)
Dec 03, 11:00 AM EST
Chinese Liao Dynasty Bronze Figural Pendants (2pc)
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Est: $300- $600
$1000 Bids
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24K GOLD CARVED 'FU' PENDANT NECKLACE
Dec 03, 2:00 PM PST
24K GOLD CARVED 'FU' PENDANT NECKLACE
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Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
A Chinese agate crystal and gold bead necklace, Han dynasty
Dec 05, 9:00 AM EST
A Chinese agate crystal and gold bead necklace, Han dynasty
by Oakridge Auction Gallery
Est: $1,500- $2,500
$8000 Bids
Chinese Crystal Pendant
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Chinese Crystal Pendant
by Ander's Auction
Est: $800- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Chinese Amber Carved Pendant
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Chinese Amber Carved Pendant
by Ander's Auction
Est: $600- $800
$2000 Bids
Chinese Amber Pendant
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Chinese Amber Pendant
by Ander's Auction
Est: $800- $1,000
$2000 Bids
Chinese Red Agate Carved Pendant
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Chinese Red Agate Carved Pendant
by Ander's Auction
Est: $400- $600
$2000 Bids
Chinese Chalcedony Carved Beads Necklace, Qing Dynasty
Dec 02, 9:00 AM EST
Chinese Chalcedony Carved Beads Necklace, Qing Dynasty
by Ander's Auction
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$3000 Bids
Chinese Amuletic Pendant
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Chinese Amuletic Pendant
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £50- £70
£50 Bids
Chinese Giant Banded Agate Bead Necklace
Dec 01, 10:00 AM GMT
Chinese Giant Banded Agate Bead Necklace
by TimeLine Auctions
Est: £200- £300
£50 Bids
17th-18thc Chinese Broken Porcelain Shard Royal Lady Pendant
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
17th-18thc Chinese Broken Porcelain Shard Royal Lady Pendant
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $80
$300 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Chinese Necklaces & Pendants


Empire Auction House

Empire Auction House

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Weatherham Estate Treasures

Merces Gallery LLC

Merces Gallery LLC

Simrit Collection

Simrit Collection