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Longevity And Love


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The Chinese longevity symbol is the most revered among the five good fortune symbols - Good Luck, Prosperity, Longevity, Happiness, Wealth The "Shou" character has been stylized by many. One of the more recognizable images of this character is the narrow elongated "Shou" with elegant curving sides reflecting the strokes of the character. It is this version the "Shou" that the necklace uses as a design element. Chinese legend also has it that the butterfly is a symbol of the undying bond between lovers. Flitting happily from flower to flower, the butterflies signify the lovers celebrating their love with happiness and freedom. What can be more perfect than the unity of two very special and auspicious symbol together. Longevity & Love features a cubic right angle weave rope embellished with caged pearls. The caged pearls give the impression of traditional Chinese knots which are both ornamental as well as functional. Suspended from this rope is a beautiful howlite butterfly below which hangs a self-supporting "Shou" character in cubic right angle weave. The necklace is closed with a simple loop over an embellished pearl reminiscent of mysticism of the East. To the Chinese, it is very auspicious to have both these symbol on one self. Weave yourself a beautiful and elegant necklace using these age old symbols of longevity and love. Wear it to benefit from the blessings of longevity and love. All rights reserved. No part of this design, tutorial, kit and/or instruction may be reproduced, distributed or loaned for in any manner and for any reason without the expressed permission of the author. The use of this design and instruction is limited to non-commercial purposes only. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Knowledge of RAW will be useful SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Inner Circumference : Up to 56 cm Pendant Width : 3.5 cm Pendant Height : 8 cm

Supplies Needed

  • Seed Beads
  • Crystal Pearls or Large Round Beads
  • Howlite Butterfly or Large Focal Bead

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I did not start creating jewelry in the beginning. I started working with beads because I wanted to bead a pair of shoes in the style of the Peranakan (Malay and Chinese mix heritage) women who live in the South East Asian region. They have the most beautiful colors and designs and I wanted a pair of my own. Once I made the first pair, then a second, then a third. Then I discovered other kinds of beads and other methods of putting the beads together. You can say from then on there was no stopping me.