I've collected beads all my life, as well as blue and white china and decor, and these porcelain or ceramic Yves St Laurent of Paris (YSL) beads fit both categories! These beads would date to around the 1970-80s. They have a genuine small round brass 'YSL' tag and I purchased them myself on one of my holidays in Paris.
The beads are predominantly blue and white but a few have other tiny dots of colours on them including, red and green (see photos). They remind me a bit of 'end of day' Italian Murano glass beads. Only noticeable on close examination - overall colours are predominantly blue and white.
Dimensions: The necklace of beads has a hanging length of approximately 15.7 inches or 40 cm. So their total length is approximately 31 inches or 80cm. They do not have an opening clasp - the necklace just slips over your head. The beads are graduated in size - they gradually increase from an approximate 1 cm diameter to the largest central bead of an approximate 1.5cm diameter.
The beads have a total weight of 166 grams, so are not lightweight! This helps them hang beautifully.
Condition: The beads are in very good vintage condition. There is no damage I can find to any of the beads. The beads still have their original individual hand-knotting, which is still wearable, but I would recommend future re-knotting. It is to be expected from 40-50 years of wear.
Overall, a wonderful YSL 1970/80s retro 'classic' - a beautiful example for a collector of vintage French or YSL, or a lover of 'blue & white' to wear.
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