|The tourmalines late Qing Dynasty, the necklace circa 1960’s - China and the USA|
A magnificent necklace featuring eleven Chinese carved tourmalines ranging in color from pink, to green, yellow, and blue, all mounted in 18 karat gold on an 18 karat gold chain. Each toggle carved on both sides with auspicious symbols, including peaches (longevity), bats (happiness), lingzhi (immortality), lotus flowers (purity), double gourds (blessings), various fruit, vegetables, and flowers, and even one with a monkey and peach design. Two fine cat’s eye cabochons set with diamonds offset the largest tourmaline carving.
|Tourmaline was a favorite stone of the Dowager Empress, Cixi (1835 - 1908). Her fascination with tourmaline created a craze for the brightly colored stones in the Qing court.|
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