This is a vintage Gustav Sherman rhinestone necklace.
In person, this necklace is the most brilliant, sparking piece of glam on steroids. It is really breathtaking.
Sherman jewelry was made in Canada and considered the most elegant in America and the best quality pieces in the era.
Gustav Sherman was considered the best designer in the time. It was sold between 1947 and 1981.
Typically, the backs and settings were Rhodium plated. This piece may be Rhodium plated, but we don't know for sure.
A single strand of rhinestones on the necklace meet at the center with an artfully arranged spray of rhinestones in varying shapes and sizes.
On the reverse of this cluster the original maker's mark can be clearly seen stamped into the silver-tone metal, it reads "Sherman."
Sherman jewelry is known for its amazing quality, and its ability to withstand the test of time.
If you're lucky enough to find a piece of Sherman jewelry, you will see the stand out quality of the stones. They are much more brilliant than other rhinestone jewelry.
Part of the reason for this is the reverse foiling process (a technique developed by Swarovski especially for Sherman).
Notice too, that each and every stone is prong-set – Sherman never glued stones.
The attention paid to detail and quality was so exceptional that it is rare to find a Sherman piece with missing stones.
For Sherman jewelry, check the back for a signature. In her book, All That Glitters, author Valerie Hammond says that members of the Sherman family assured her that each and every Sherman piece was signed.
If the signature is in an oval nameplate it likely dates from the 1950s, if it's square, the 1960s and beyond.
A simple loop and extra length of articulated, rhinestone-encrusted chain provides a comfortable and adjustable fit!
In truly remarkable vintage condition, this necklace is truly a show-stopper.
It oozes glam and opulence and is brilliant and sparkling.
Sherman jewelry is hard to find and is becoming a rapidly collectible jewelry line.
Measurements: Total length: 16" Central rhinestone arrangement: 1 ½" tall, 1 ½" wide Weight: 21.4 grams
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