We have similar Chinese and Jade items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Item Description by: Cait P. Markings: Silver China on the bottom of the box, Tested, and Guaranteed. Country of Origin: China. Gram Weight: 9.8 Grams. Main Stone: Jadeite Jade. Main Stone Measurements/Color: 12.4 mm long, 13.4 mm wide, Opaque Grade A, Untreated apple green hue. Accent Stone Measurements/Color. Stone Treatment: The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but we are not certified gemologists. Stone(s) have been tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester. Stone Cuts: Carved and Polished Cabochon. Item Measurements: The pillbox measures 1.1″ in length and 1.35″ wide. Collectible Type: Pillbox/Snuff Box. Men’s or Women’s: Unisex. Handmade during the Art Deco era in China. It was very popular during this time period for wealthy Europeans and North Americans to have jewelry custom made and imported from China. The meticulous carving of the jadeite jade stone is an excellent example of the expertise of Chinese stonecutters. The face of the box is adorned with elegant floral accents. Traditionally, this box would have been used to store pills or snuff. To create the hollow box, repousse metalworking techniques would have been used to hand hammer sterling silver into the desired shape. Damage: Age appropriate wear. There is some scratching to the inside of the box; however, this is hardly noticeable and does not affect use. This listing is for the item only. Art Deco era is famous for being the “Gatsby” or “Roaring Twenties” era. A lot of gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period. Jewelry from this period was most often crafted between 1920 and 1940. Art Deco jewelry sometimes featured white gold or platinum, geometric designs, European cut diamonds, filigree, and calibre cut stones that are specially cut to fit the design of the piece. During the Art Deco period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would usually take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian period and persisted until the 1960s. During this period, Chinese craftsmen were considered by far the best in the world. The rich and wealthy would custom-order a piece through their local jeweler, who would send the design off to China to be made and sent back to Europe. This lengthy process was very expensive, making Chinese export pieces highly desirable, then and now. Chinese stone cutters were considered some of the finest artisans in the world. They would spend years learning to hand-carve many different types of stones, and excelled in creating finely detailed pieces other artisans couldnt even hope to compare to. Their skill was so refined that they could even carve delicate stones like coral and jade. Chinese stone cutters were so talented that Victorian era European socialites would commission pieces from them, preferring the hefty price tag that came with such high quality work to the ready availability of Western stonework. It was in Chinawhere the gem-carving tradition was already thousands of years oldthat jadeite reached its peak as an important artistic medium. The first jadeite reached China in the late 1700s, and late eighteenth and early nineteenth century carvers created masterpieces that are still unsurpassed in concept, design, and technical execution. Jadeite is prized for its hardness and density and occurs in green, white, orange, yellow, lavender, red, gray, and black hues. The highest grade of jadeite is translucent and has an even color distribution. Repoussé began as an ancient metalworking technique dating as far back as the 3rd century BC, involving malleable metal that was hammered onto the reverse side to create an image on the front. Examples are found all over the world; Greece, Egypt, and even the Hopewell periods in the American southeast. Reverse side hammering was also used to add detail to the front, creating intricate patterns using grooves, indentations, and channeling. The piece was then carefully polished to create a hollow, eye-catching treasure. The item “Antique Vintage Art Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Jadeite Jade Pillbox Snuff Box” is in sale since Sunday, April 21, 2019. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Vanity, Perfume & Shaving\Pill Boxes”. The seller is “abeautifultimeco” and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, South Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Bahamas, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi arabia, Ukraine, United arab emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, Croatia, Malaysia, Chile, Colombia, Sri lanka, Uruguay.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: China
- Metal: Sterling Silver
- Metal Purity: .925
- Stone: Jade