Double Happiness, Happy Marriage, Longevity, Coral Asian Glass Beads, Pearls on Bold Gold Chain Necklace: 18K Plate

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These three necklaces feature a vintage center bead from China which (I believe) belonged to my maternal grandmother.  They were in one long necklace, which I took apart to better feature each bead. A friend in China who specializes in vintage Chinese art helped me understand the origin and meaning. 

The bead is Peking glass or porcelain from the late 19th or early 20th century.  The character in writing means "Double Happiness" and refers to marriage.  The bird represents longevity. The two combined represent the power to bring a long and happy life and marriage.  

The bead is surrounded by vintage peach glass, which also came from my grandmother.  They are set on Chinese Freshwater rice pearls and highlighted by faceted onyx beads. All have extender chains for some length flexibility.   

Coral and peach colors cheer up fall and winter clothing, and radiate in the spring and summer.

The colors are stunning, and they are truly beautiful shades of peach and coral. They look great with all in the orange, tangerine, carrot ranges, and also brighten up outfits in neutral colors such as navy, browns, creams, black, etc.  I am having trouble capturing the actual color in pictures, and will try again soon. These are close to the Pantone color pictured here- apparently they are better at photography and editing! 

Note also that these are one of a kind, so if you love them, get them now.  

Let me know which works best for you, and exactly what length you like.  And don't worry, if you change your mind later, I can happily make changes another time. At the time of posting I do have a few more of the vintage beads, so can make coordinating pieces; bracelets, earrings, etc.

Drop Center Chinese Bead, Coral Beads, Largest Pearls, on Boldest Chain:  20"
Drop Center Chinese Bead, Coral Beads, Medium Pearls, blending into Thinner, Denser Chain:  18"
Straight Design Center Chinese Bead, Coral Beads, Medium Pearls blending into Thinner, Denser Chain:  17.5""

The bold chain is 18K gold plated metal, which I believe will hold the color indefinitely.  Although the design is timeless, I made these fun jewelry prices rather than using solid gold.  If you want a change, now or in the future, just ask. 

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