Miao box necklace with dragon and "spinner" bead design.
Total Neclace Length: About 32 inches
Box Dimentions: 3.5 inches by 4.5 inches (including bells)
Materials: Silver Alloy - about 60% silver
Metal Color: Silvery, White Metal
Closure: None, slip over the head to wear
A beautiful, updated version of a classic Miao box or "lock" necklace. Long chains attached to a nice large box pendant. Lots of large, jingling bells make quite a loud jingle. Dragon, flower and buttlerfly designs grace the front of this pendant, with a fanciful goat/lion animal on the reverse. Repoussé metalwork. Free-spinning wirework bead on the front. Total necklace length is about 32 inches. Pendant is 3.5 inches by 4.5 inches including dangling bells. Although this necklace is a silver alloy, it feels lightweight for its size. A lovely modern piece by Miao tribal craftsmen.
The Miao are an ethnic group belonging to South China. Silver jewelry is a well-known craftwork of the Miao people. Apart from being a cultural tradition, it also symbolises the wealth of Miao women. As a Miao saying goes, “decorated with no silver or embroidery, a girl is not a girl”, Miao women are occasionally defined by the amount of silver jewelry she wears or owns. It is especially important to wear heavy and intricate silver headdresses and jewelry during significant occasions and festivals, notably during weddings, funerals and springtime celebration. Silver jewelry is an essential element of Miao marriages, particularly to the bride. Miao families would begin saving silver jewellery for the girls at an early age, wishing their daughters could marry well with the large amount of silver jewelry representing the wealth of the family.