I stumbled across this delightfully crafted necklace in an antique shop in Alabama and neither myself nor the seller knew what it was. But it was quite clear to me that this necklace was produced by a master. Marcel Boucher worked for Cartier in Paris and is well known in America for his exquisite costume jewelry. During WWII, there was a severe shortage of metal and since necessity is the mother of invention, Boucher relocated his trade to Mexico, where silver was abundant. These scarce and wonderful pieces are some of the most collectible in Boucher's repertoire. This fabulous necklace is composed of "pinned" and articulating modified triangles (that is the shape when viewed from the side) or modified pointed "marquise" shaped pieces (when viewed from the top). Whatever the shape, they are just the coolest. The necklace appears as a sort of magical modernism, with all the pieces seemingly held together magnetically, since the pins only pierce the interiors of the triangles. Notice in the pictures it also doubles as an incredible bracelet. This sterling silver treasure is a truly unique, delightful and rare statement in the incredible legacy of the artisan Marcel Boucher.
Signed 'PARISINA' and STERLING MEXICO.
Measures 14 1/4" in wearable length so it is really a choker. Widest point is 7/8".
Weight 82 grams.
Very good vintage condition with no dents. Minor surface scratching that can only be seen under magnification (pictured here on a 150mm lens you are seeing more than is visible to the unaided eye). This necklace was cleaned many months ago, so the patina is setting in again!