This is a signed ROBERT silvery beaded loop necklace and earring set. The demi parure consists of an amazing necklace with black matte stone-like ovals with spacer rhinestone disks and faux pearls. Between each black "stone" are 12-14 loops of shimmering, silver colored cylinder beads. This necklace is so unique that only the pictures can really show it off! It definitely reflects the influence of the Haskell, DeMario, and Eugene style that was so popular in that 1940's and 1950's era.
Measurements: Cascades of silver colored tube beads fall approximately 1.5" apart and hang down about 1.5" towards the sides and 2" in the center. The necklace is 18.5" (47cm) long with an inch extender to adjust it shorter with a J hook clasp. The 1" diameter, silver tone, clip earrings repeat the use of the tube beads and the rhinestone disk motif.
Condition: The black ovals have a stone look and feel with a matte finish, but I am unsure of the actual material. The faux pearls are in very good condition, as are the rhinestones in the disks. The main indication of the pieces' age is minor evidence of verdigris on edges of the disks and on the metal between the faux pearls on the extender part of the chain. Most of the loops have 14 strands of the silver beads, but a couple loops have 13 strands and the loop nearest the J-hook has 12. This is very difficult to notice unless you count each strand, but clearly a few strands have broken over the years and a tiny bit of the strands shows in two places. Please review all the photographs carefully as they form an important part of the description.
Marks: This is a signed "Robert" in cursive on each earring. The matching necklace is not signed.
Company History: The company began in 1942 as the Fashioncraft Jewelry Company. The company changed its name to Robert Originals, Inc. in 1960. Robert jewelry is similar in design to Miriam Haskell jewelry, using a lot of nature motifs and incorporating Austrian crystal beads, glass, and faux pearls into elaborate designs and filigree metalwork. Robert supplied jewelry to the movie and television industry. The company ceased ongoing operations in 1979.
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