Vintage Chinese Red Flower Cinnabar Bead Black Cloisonne Gold Earrings
Vintage Chinese Red Cinnabar Beads, Vintage Chinese Abacus Cloisonne
Vintage red cinnabar beads that we personally purchased in Hong Kong during the mid 1980s measure approximately 15mm ( 5/8" ) in diameter. I've chosen to combine them with vintage black cloisonne beads from the same time period.
When I was actively designing for the Sackler Gallery's Museum shop ( the Smithsonian's Asian art museum ) I was always looking for unusual bead components to set my work apart from other artists. Finding cloisonne in this unusual abacus shape was wonderful! Cloisonne from the 1970s - 980s is quite sought after and valuable because of the exquisite workmanship and attention to detail unlike a lot of the cloisonne being currently produced and exported from China.
?Genuine cinnabar beads are made from a lacquer which is derived from a tree sap found in China. The tree is tapped like a maple and the resulting gum is purified by heating and then made into lacquer by adding a solvent. This resulting lacquer is slowly added in many layers over a wood base. The lacquer can be colored in various hues including black, red, green, yellow and brown although most people are only aware of the red cinnabar.
Many people sell 'cinnabar' which is made from plastic so be sure of what you are purchasing. All the cinnabar I use in my designs are indeed vintage cinnabar beads that we personally selected and purchased in Hong Kong during the late 1970's - 1980's.
These many layers of lacquer are then hand carved with intricate designs representing various symbols or images found in nature such as birds and flowers.
I've also added vintage gold plated floral bead caps from the 1940's hug the cinnabar bead both top and bottom.
These earrings measure approximately 1 1/4" and have been finished on gold plated french ear wires.
They will arrive in a little box all ready for gift giving.
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First Item: $ 16.50
Additional Items: $ 0.00
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: POSTAGE RATES HAVE RISEN DRAMATICALLY IN 2020
ORDERS INSIDE USA: A charge of $4.00 covers any first class shipment up to 15 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: $16.50 for any package weighing from 1-5 ounces. Even an order for 2-3 small bead items may cost $16.50 or more, depending on the type of material (stone versus resin, for example). 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.
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Love my beads! The coloring in the epidote was not as intense as illustrated, but it is certainly a good example of the mineral. The colors in the unakite beads are wonderful. The quality of the carving I would rate as good to excellent.
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.