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Comment by Thelma on April 16, 2012 at 13:27

Stefany, I think the pendant is Chinese. Have just posted some closeups ...full of symbolism: bats, tree of life, peach, lotus leaf. At first I thought the silver had been scrtached by a nail file but now I see the scratches are Chinese characters hammered into the metal.

Comment by Thelma on April 16, 2012 at 10:52

Thanks Stefany. I've had the necklace for several years and have always been puzzled by it. It seems such a mixture. There are some other interesting silver beads near the wire clasp ... like mulberries. Are they Chinese? And what about the big red beads between the yellow amber look-alikes?

Comment by Stefany Tomalin on April 16, 2012 at 8:00

well the pendant certainly looks chinese and some of the beads such as the jade and the head (is it stone or metal?), i think, but those ribbed silver-coloured metal beads are familiar to me as typical made in India, and I'm not sure about the amber lookalikes.. did you get it in UK?

Comment by Thelma on April 15, 2012 at 14:58

Ooops! I was told that the picture didn't appear with my request for advice and comments. So here it is again. I know very little about it ... it hasn't been cleaned since I got it!

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