"The Cultural Magnet 9" Antique Mahjong Tile Necklace
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This 1888 Design is a:
One of a Kind
Reimagined Components: We found this incomplete set of antique Mahjong tiles at a small shop deep within the Ozarks. At first glance we had no idea what they were, some sort of Chinese dominos were our best guess. The pieces were already found with two holes per tile, again without our knowledge of this popular and historical game, we figured these holes were intentional and played a role in the game (not the case). Now we're only left to wonder who had drilled into the sides of these tiles and for what purpose. Nonetheless, they serve as beautiful, unique adornments now. This specific number 9 tile is threaded on a double stranded gunmetal plated rounded box chain measuring 19.5''. (Please attach a purchase note if a different chain length is requested)
Components Found in: Eureka Springs AR
Mahjong has its origins in China and is commonly called China's national pastime. However, in the 1920s there was an emergence of the game in America that included people from all walks of life. One could argue that it was a significant factor in revealing how games like Mahjong can cross cultural lines with ease and help to build an inclusive community. The tiles were often made from beautiful materials like bone or jade, and collectors worldwide seek out antique tiles with fervor to complete their collections. The game itself is played by matching or sequencing tiles. The goal is to get a mahjong, which consists of getting all 14 of your tiles into four sets and one pair.
After each artifact or specimen has been discovered it is sent through a careful restoration process before being used in a design. If a particularly unique patina is found to add design value to an artifact, it's preserved & sealed to ensure its longevity & protection.