July 25th, 2015


Chinese Jade Butterfly and Leaf Pendant

I wrote a while ago about these exquisite imperial color jade carvings that Brenda Clough's mother had brought out of China in the 1940's, when she and her husband came to the US.

I hadn't worked with jade of this quality in quite a while and it was a pleasure.  The butterfly is an intact antique with natural pearls that I set as part of the design.  The actual size is about 3" across.  Both leaves and the butterfly wings are carved in more detail than the photograph shows.  But it gives a good sense of the pendant. I love the way the design worked out.

And I have more of her jade to design for!