Vintage Precious Coral Bead Earrings,Antique Chinese Qing Silver Beads
Antique Chinese Qing Dynasty ( 1644-1911 ) silver etched shou
( eternity) symbol beads, vintage hand carved angel skin pink coral flower beads , handmade oxidized sterling silver ear wires
Fabulous antique Chinese silver beads from the Chi'ing ( or Qing ) dynasty and which we purchased in Hong Kong during the 1970s-1980s have been combined with rare vintage deep pink precious coral beads.
These one of a kind coral beads have been hand carved to resemble flowers for these one of a kind earrings. They are such a deep coral pink that they are considered "precious coral"
◉ Precious coral or red coral is the common name given to Corallium japonicum which is found in the western Pacific, notably around Japan and Taiwan. Such coral occurs in very very deep water, as much as 1000 to 5000 feet below sea level in areas with strong currents
These coral beads together weigh approximately 3 grams and are approximately 3/8" in diameter.
Coral is the hard skeleton created by tiny marine organisms known as "coral polyps". Corals live in warm water oceans all over the world,and their habitat has been steadily disappearing because of human water pollution and over fishing.
► Since coral collection and mining was banned worldwide in 1992, it is very difficult to find such beads as these in the bead trade! The U.S also currently has a ban on importing corals .
Next to red (oxblood)and dark orange, angel skin( pink and white ) is the most desired and most valuable.◀
Increasing popularity and decreasing supply has driven up coral prices dramatically in the last few years. Fine quality angel skin coral like this is virtually unobtainable and well polished beads such as these are extremely scarce if even available .
Since coral is an accumulation of the shells of coral polyps it is very rarely free of blemishes and imperfections, such as pits and fine lines. These do not affect the desirability and value of the coral.
The antique Chinese silver beads are approximately 1/4" in diameter and 5/8" in length and feature 4 etched Chinese symbols .
These earrings have been finished on handmade oxidized sterling silver french ear wires and have been made on handmade oxidized fine sterling silver head pins and oxidized sterling silver bead caps.
Total length of these earrings is approximately 1 3/4" and they will arrive in a little box all ready for gift giving.
◉ Shipping includes insurance within the U.S. and International ◉
Vintage Origin Details
Country of Origin
Antique Qing Silver Etched Beads, Vintage Carved Precious Coral Flower Beads, Handmade Oxidized Sterling Silver Ear Wires
All Other Countries
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Additional Items: $1.00
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Additional Items: $1.00
First Item: $10.00
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We try to ship (First class) within 72 hours of receiving payment. Insurance will add a bit more depending on the value of your purchase.Our products ship first class mail and Priority Mail in the USA and First Class international.
If the customer wishes to have tracking and insurance for international orders,the package must be shipped either Express or Priority mail. Please contact us for such estimated shipping costs.
We cannot be responsible for shipments lost in transit unless insured by the customer.
**We automatically insure DOMESTIC packages if they're $100 or more! All such packages have a tracking number and normally ship USPS First Class *** Priority mail is $7.50 FOR UP TO 1 lb. of merchandise.
For international shipping of higher value items, please contact us for a shipping quotation.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2016
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $3.60 covers any first class shipment up to 8 ounces. Our beads vary so much in weight that it is impossible for us to apply a single add-on charge for multiple product orders. We will continue to refund to customers any amount that greatly exceeds our actual cost of shipping and handling.
ORDERS OUTSIDE USA: International First Class rates are now crazy: $13.50 for any package weighing from 1-8 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $13.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). Please bear with us for a few weeks while we change our listings to account for the new rates. We apologize in advance if we have to adjust the postage cost of an order that has been placed. We will understand if an order is rescinded when the postage cost is too high relative to the product value.
All international orders have contents described as "loose beads" and are flagged as "commercial samples" or " gift" if you prefer to make your life easier when receiving your beads. If you'd like us to mark your order as " gift" instead please let us know!
All our beads are inspected one by one before being shipped. They are individually wrapped to protect them and then put in little plastic ziploc bags.
All vintage beaded jewelry is either shipped in a little gift box tied with a ribbon or in a vintage Chinese embroidered silk purse.
If you ever have a problem with a damaged bead or jewelry, don't hesitate to contact us. We are only human, and with so many orders going out on a daily basis, there is always room for error. We will replace your order (assuming we have more in stock), issue you a store credit, or give you a full refund if the item is returned in the same condition as it was shipped within 7 days of receiving your order if you are not fully satisfied. You must notify us as soon as you receive your order if there is a problem.
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We value each and every customer and are delighted that you have chosen to shop in our store! Customer relations are extremely important to us and we pride ourselves on the authenticity of what we sell, how we package it, and being accessible to all of you should a question or a problem ever arise.
Thank you - Debby and Joel Arem
Nice beads!! Super fast thanks a lot!!!
I have dreamed of having a necklace such as the jade one. But the red one. That was a surprise. Both are beautiful. Thank you! Best, Jane
Lovely color;!interesting stones.
When I thought that I had ordered two of these and then checked out I had to order another set. The seller was very kind and combined my two orders and refunded my shipping.
Nice quick shipping on some hard to find items! Good packaging too!