This is an exceptional carving of a dragon done in gel sugilite. This type of sugilite is one of the rarest gemstones are earth. The carving is well detailed and pierced through in several spots adding some realism to the amazing dragon. It is carved in full 3 dimensions on the front you can even see the dragons scales and teeth. The back is mostly smooth and polished except the artisan cleverly "wrapped" the dragons tail around the back for a bit of whimsy. This piece could be mounted and worn as a brooch or pendant. The dragon measures 2-1/4" long and 3/8" wide. It weighs just over 17cts. This piece dates to the mid 1970s. An extremely rare and beautiful artifact.
The first photo was taken on a light box to show the wonderful and rare translucency of the gel sugilite.
Rare Natural Gel Sugilite Chinese Dragon Carving 17ctw
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