Vendome was Coro's higher end division and specialized in bead jewelry. Helen Marion was it's chief designer for many years and her expertise in bead work can be seen in many examples of Vendome jewelry. The opera length single strand necklace pictured, circa 1970s, utilizes fabulous topaz color glass rivoli stone beads. Cone shaped with pointed backs, the rounds are brilliantly faceted with that signature rivoli color and light play. Reverse of the glass rivolis are coated with a bronzy foil like finish. There is one round faceted glass crystal at center of necklace in a complementing topaz color. Faux pearl beads add contrast, accenting the rivolis to their best advantage. Tiny faceted clear lucite spacer beads define. The beads graduate from about 5 millimeters to 10 millimeters. Length of the necklace is approximately 29 inches. Clasp is a goldtone screw barrel type.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All faux pearls retain nacre and luster. Glass rivoli stones retain foil like finish on reverse. No chips, cracks or breaks to beads. Strand appears secure with no slack or overpull. Screw barrel clasp strong and secure, retaining all goldtone finish. No damage / no repairs.
The necklace retains it's original oval metal hang tag. One side is stamped with "Vendome" and the copyright symbol. The opposite side features the fleur de lis stamp often used as a logo for Vendome jewelry.
When searching for vintage bead jewelry, remember Vendome. It's work is widely considered to be the best of the 1950s-1970s.
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