Porcelain is an unusual material for making into jewelry items. The gem stones that we know, like diamonds, rubies, sapphires and jade, are expensive. But porcelain materials are equally valuable and expensive since they are taken from antique porcelain vases that broke into pieces. As we know, antique vases are valuable because of their attractive glazes, artistic decorations/paintings and most importantly they are rare (only found in museums). Generally the porcelain pieces are from the Ming and Qing dynasties, some can even come from the famous kilns of the Song dynasty where the actual antiques are considered priceless. The antiques may be very expensive but the broken pieces are a fraction of their cost. There are people who own broken pieces of valuable porcelain and turn these porcelain pieces into beautiful jewelry items. They reap some handsome profit by selling them to antique lovers/jewelry collectors.
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Anything on these broken porcelain can turn into something useful and artistic if only you have the ability to discover their hidden value and quality. To begin with, a collector needs to have a large collection of broken porcelain pieces of different varieties. From these pieces, he has to examine them and decide which one he can use to make into a jewelry item.
|An valuable part of this broken piece of porcelain|
Having decided on the subject, he then marks out the outline on the broken porcelain. The piece is then cut out using the parting wheel. He has to be very careful when cutting porcelain as it is a very brittle material. In the process of cutting, if the porcelain breaks, he is not able to achieve his intended design as the fracture may occur right in the middle of his masterpiece. This is a terrible thing to happen since there is no replacement available. Every broken piece is unique and valuable in its own way.
|This broken piece is decorated with beads|
|Bracelets made from porcelain of different glazes|
|A piece of jewelry made from Lu ware|
|A bowl from Lu ware, the famous Song dynasty antique|