Plum Blossom Necklace & Brooch 01

Linda WangBeijingChina

300Antique porcelain, fine jewellery handmade sterling silver blue and white plum blossom flower necklace.

1.8 x 5.3 cm

For this creation, I use Porcelain selected from the Kangxi period of the Qing dynasty (1661AD -1722AD)I was inspired by traditional musical instrument chinese lute(Normally we call it Pipa).The pipa is one of the most popular Chinese instruments and has been played for almost two thousand years in China. Several related instruments in East and Southeast Asia are derived from the pipa.Early literary tradition in China, for example in a 3rd-century description by Fu Xuan, Ode to Pipa, associates the Han pipa with the northern frontier, Princess Liu Xijun, and Wang Zhaojun, who were married to nomad rulers of the Wusun and Xiongnu peoples in what is now Mongolia and northern Xinjiang respectively. Wang Zhaojun in particular is frequently referenced in later literary works and lyrics (although her story is often conflated with other women including Liu Xijun),as well as in music pieces such as Zhaojun's Lament (昭君怨), and in paintings where she is often depicted holding a pipa.There are many references to pipa in Tang literary works, for example, in A Music Conservatory Miscellany Duan Anjie related many anecdotes associated with pipa. The pipa is mentioned frequently in Tang Dynasty poetry, where it is often praised for its refinement and delicacy of tone, with poems dedicated to well-known players describing their performances. A famous poem by Bai Juyi's Pipa xing (琵琶行), contains a description of a pipa performance during a chance encounter with a female pipa player on the Yangtze River.The pattern of the piece is plum blossom flower.We select only the choicest piece for Pipa pendant.The silver part was made by hand delicately.“The scent of plum blossoms comes from surviving the bitter cold.”Nearly every Chinese literator has left some laudatory lines or paintings on plum blossom. In their opinions, plum blossom does not crowd the spring time with all the other flowers to catch people’s attention but enjoys its own efflorescence lonely in the winter. In traditional Chinese culture, plum blossom becomes a symbol of pride, noble self-esteem, and perseverance.This necklace&brooch is beautifully crafted from antique fragments of porcelain from the period and is of heirloom quality.Each piece is completely unique and celebrates the ancient artists who crafted and hand-painted such elegant quality.Finding complete examples of their work is extremely rare, so they are not only valued as pieces of jewelry but also as a valuable piece of art.The originality of each example underlines it's classic, timeless appeal and makes a wonderful statement of excellence.The perfect addition to your own personal collection or a precious gift for family members, friends and business partners.The pendant is presented on a hallmarked silver chain and comes along with an identity card, a presentation purse, a silver polishing cloth and a nice brocade box.This item is handmade from antique porcelain, and it's small imperfections are part of the beauty of working with these original materials. The chain is S925 International sterling silver.We value your thoughts and feelings and love to hear from you all, so please do not hesitate to get in touch!

WOOCS 2.1.9

$ 620

1 in stock

My name is Linda Wang. And I'm from Beijing, China. I've worked for the past 9 years with Chinese antiquities and collectibles, and out of this arose my passion - making my own jewelry from fragments of beautiful ancient porcelain.  I majored in business English in college, and so I often wonder, where's the connection with what I studied and what I do for a living? I believe I am destined to build some connections somehow. That's why I built this website! I've been designing and making handmade jewelry since 2013. This arose out of my work with antiques. My first job out of college was with a company that specialized in gemstones and antique snuff bottles. Now I work as a consultant for a company which sells jewelry made from antique porcelain shards.  Porcelain from the dynastic periods of Chinese history is famous for its beauty, delicacy, and craftsmanship, and precious vessels can be found in museums worldwide. In China, broken pieces of decorated porcelain (shards) are also considered little treasures, and are much more affordable to collect!  Anyway, at first learning about antique porcelain was something I worked at just to stay competitive in my job. On my own, I spent hours researching, going to museums, and talking with local experts and antique lovers. I took notes! And I studied, learned dates, porcelain styles and painting techniques, and so on. To be able to work in this field, I also need a lot of information about the history and culture of the time when the original pieces were made.  At first it was rote learning! This was a pretty hard time for me, since I was working full time, and also studying in the evenings.  Then I started to find porcelain intriguing. I felt like I had a basic grasp of the subject after half a year of study. Then I almost became crazy about it. I started to collect antique porcelain pieces in the meantime.  It has been over 6 years since I started working with antique porcelain jewelry in my day job, first as a salesperson, and now as a porcelain consultant. My friends ask me why I get so carried away, can't stop talking about the shards I collect, and why I even make my own artwork from ancient porcelain. Because I really love it - I can't stop!  There's always more to learn from experts and antique lovers, who have taught me so much. When you look at and handle an antique porcelain shard, you can't get all the information that an expert could detect from a complete porcelain piece. But I usually can take a look at an antique shard and from the body of the ceramic, the glaze, and the color or pattern, I can tell at least the dynasty and the period (a "period" of Chinese porcelain is named after a specific emperor). Single-color porcelain from earlier eras (such as the Tang or Song dynasties, 10th and 11th centuries) actually gives me a rush - my heart starts beating faster! It's like drinking strong tea. Porcelain from more recent times (like the Qing dynasty, 18th century), which tends to be more or less realistically decorated, is a more subtle pleasure, like drinking a lighter tea.  It comes from ancient times. It involves different arts. With over a thousand years of different styles and eras of porcelain to taste, I'll never run out of fresh cups of tea!

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