It is not often that one comes across Marcel Boucher's sterling silver jewelry. He worked for Cartier in France and is probably better known in North America for his costume jewelry. However, during the 1930s and 40s he worked in Mexico producing silver jewelry. During this war time period the white metal that was used for costume jewelry was restricted for military use and sterling was substituted. Marcel Boucher moved his business to Mexico, because there an was abundant supply of silver. The " Parisina" line was created. Aptly named " Parisina" attributing his Parisian roots. I'm was very excited to have found this necklace. This is a rare necklace by Marcel Boucher. Some of the most prized and collectible Boucher pieces are his 1940's Parisina Mexican Sterling line. These sterling pieces and rare and highly collectible. This necklace is comprised of 18, 5 petaled floral patterns with a silver cabochon "stamen" in the centre. They are all linked together and are in excellent vintage condition, no dents, no scratches and is much prettier in reality than it appears in the photos. Very feminine and summery looking. There is a patina built up from age and could use a polishing with a silver polishing cloth but I will leave that up to the next owner to decide how much cleaning should go into it. The necklace measures 16-1/4" x 3/4" and the clasp closes securely. Hallmarked: Sterling Mexico Parisina.
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