Vintage Sodalite Hand Knotted Bead Necklace
Chinese Vintage Jewellery
I believe these are Chinese Export, handmade circa 1970s, hand knotted sodalite necklace. Lovely little sterling clasp with sodalite inlay, nice fall, great length. lovely deep blue sodalite with very little white inclusion
Length 64.5cm Beads Approx 0.7cm
None acid tests for sterling
Sodalite, Sterling Silver
Spectacular vintage condition. Shows mild wear commensurate with age, I can't see any chips, will come with some patina, as level of polish is a matter of taste. The clasp is silver but joiner gold so may have originally had a gold wash over the clasp, I have seen this in both silver and gold over the years. Has a handcrafted look to it - amazing vintage piece.
About this Piece
Sterling is an alloy of silver containing at least 92.5% pure silver (925 parts of 1000 thus the 925 stamp), the remainder is made up of a mix of metals (most commonly copper) used to make the metal workable. Pure silver is generally considered too soft to work with, although you can find silver jewellery at 950 or 980, even the occasional 99.9% fine silver, which can be work-hardened to increase durability.