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Paying homage to Bhutanese traditions, this stunning statement necklace features a silver focal bead with a Bhutanese style dragon engraved on each side. Connected to the focal using oxidized 24 gauge sterling silver wire are 22 glass beads of various colors. There are also 4 fine silver (0.999) spiral beads. The smaller beads serve two purposes: the first is to add some color and pop to this necklace, and the second is to represent various aspects of Bhutanese symbols. Although the possible meanings of the colors are nearly endless, a few are given below:

The silver dragon represents the nation of Bhutan as a whole. Bhutan is referred to by its residents as Druk Yul, Land of the Thunder Dragon.

According to astrological tradition, the five elements; wood, fire, earth, iron, and water; are paired with the 12 animals to complete a long 60 year cycle. Four of the five elements are represented in this necklace with the colored glass beads, and if you consider wood and earth to both be green than all five are represented.

On the Bhutanese National Emblem, the colors blue, red, and green are prevalent throughout.

On the national flag, the white half represents purity, loyalty, and diversity of its ethnic groups.

The national flower is the blue poppy.

On the original version of the national flag, the dragon was colored green.

And on and on and on…

The beads are connected to a patterned, delicate sterling silver cable chain using oxidized locking jump rings. This necklace is a perfect gift for yourself or anyone else who appreciates foreign cultures and wants to make a statement with their jewelry choices.

Because the beads are strung on fine 24 gauge wire, they are subject to bending if worn in a moderate to active setting. Bending will result in a distortion of the appearance of the necklace, and over-bending could result in breaking of the wire causing the necklace to fall apart. Consequently, this necklace is designed and intended to be worn only in formal, inactive settings.

All beads used in this necklace are vintage. The focal bead contains a high silver content, possibly sterling, per an acid test. The smaller spiral beads are 0.999 fine silver and the other smaller beads are glass.

This sterling silver necklace measures about 19 inches long. The main focal bead is about 27 mm long x 16 mm wide. The smaller beads are all about 4 mm each. The necklace is marked with my signature sterling silver "The Vintage Skeletons" tag.


References:
http://tourismbhutan.com/brief_bhutan_astrological.php
http://www.pbs.org/edens/bhutan/Bhu_dragon.htm
http://www.bhutan.com/national-symbols
http://www.bootan.com/bhutan/bhutan.shtml
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Bhutan


This necklace will ship in a large stunning velvet gift box perfect for gifting, storage, and display (pictures available upon request). The necklace will ship via priority mail within the United States due to the weight of the package or first class mail internationally. Unfortunately, I have no control over the shipping price and will refund any over charges on international shipping and handling.

~~ Every piece of handmade jewelry I make contains at least one high-quality authentic vintage, antique, or ancient component. I take great pride in searching for and using vintage or antique components whenever they exist as feasible. As a result, the high quality of the pieces is something you can count on, and as an added bonus, by wearing something from the vintage era you are being green by preventing items from going to waste. Because I believe everyone should know what they are buying, I've included the following vintage/modern breakdown:

Vintage:
Silver Dragon Bead, All Glass Beads
Modern:
Fine Silver Karen Hill Tribe Spiral Bead
Oxidized Sterling Silver Wire
Delicate Sterling Silver Cable Chain
Bali Sterling Silver S Hook Clasp

If you have any questions let me know. Thank you!


Please see my shop policies section for information regarding shipping, refunds, etc. Louisiana residents add 8.75% tax.

All vintage items should be expected to have minor wear from age. Also, please keep in mind that pictures look different depending on the monitor.

Please visit my shop at TheVintageSkeletons.etsy.com ~~
The Vintage Skeletons

Bhutan Dragon Astrology Necklace Designer Statement Handmade Vintage


Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Vintage Bhutan Silver Dragon Bead, Vintage Red Glass Bead, Vintage White Glass Bead, Vintage Green Glass Bead, Vintage Turquoise Blue Glass Bead, Vintage Navy Blue Glass Bead, Fine Silver Karen Hill Tribe Spiral Bead, Oxidized Sterling Silver Wire, Delicate Sterling Silver Cable Chain, Bali Sterling Silver S Hook Clasp, The Vintage Skeletons tag
  • Ships worldwide from United States
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