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Magnetic Clasp Mongolian Artisan Jewelry

Mongolian style filigree and enamel jewelry is handcrafted by artisans using traditional Mongolian art forms, that reflects Russian and Chinese influences from the past 1000 years. This jewelry was made for the Mongolians originally, and then filtered into what is now China. During the 1700s, it was made exclusively for the Empresses and manufacture was very limited.

Beautiful Abalone Shell Handcrafted Necklace. Abalone in a filigree setting of 24k gold over sterling silver. This necklace features a magnetic clasp for ease of use. Pendant measures 2" long by 1" wide. Necklace measures 17.5".

Many unusual stones such as Chrysocolla, Rhodochrosite, Chrysoprase, Water Sapphire, Black Star of India, as well as semiprecious stones like Garnet, Lapis, Amethyst, Madeira Citrine, Onyx, and Turquoise are used in these designs.

Each artist has been extensively trained in the basic techniques, and over time they become considered Master Craftsmen. Because the filigree and enameling skills are so totally different, an artist is trained in only one or the other. As a result, some items require two artists to complete one piece.

Each design of enamel and filigree work takes several days to complete, and it reflects the artisans' training and the art of their culture. The technique is similar to that used to make the original Faberge Eggs, which were made of gold, silver, and precious gemstones.