A unique, fascinating necklace hand made exclusively for the British Museum.
The necklace centres on an intricately carved wooden ‘Chinese puzzle ball.’ Inside, a wooden ball is trapped, independent of the highly carved outer ball, upon which a dragon crawls, its tail wrapped around the ball. This intricate craft of carving concentric spheres has been a Chinese tradition for hundreds of years.
This fascinating piece is framed by other prized rare beads, interspersed with turquoise cylinders. Vintage handmade brass beads from Turkestan and antique carved celedon beads sit side-by side. Tiny Tibetan cylinders made of yak bone and inlaid with turquoise, coral and brass finish the piece, which is set on traditional Chinese knotted silk/polyester cord.
More about the brand
Barbara Acton Bond is a self-taught jewellery maker, with an artistic vision and a focus to create unique, chic, conversational pieces.
While studying the history of art and design at the University of California at Berkley and the University College of London, her passion and joy for art grew.
Barbara’s inspiration has come from the traditional Chinese culture and jewellery. This is shown through her necklaces. Each necklace is a bespoke design, with unique pendants, stones and metals.