This piece is just the definition of wonderful haute couture! This necklace is made of Lucite, in the style of vintage celluloid. In coloration, it is a glowing black, with a sheen of swirling gold on some portions. From the top of the necklace, to the bottom, it measures 20 and 1/2 in.
Designed by the house of Gaultier, it begins with double single strands, composed of single oval links. Each strand joins parallel straight pieces, both encrusted with twinkling brilliants, seven in each. Each of these pieces has a slight concave curve and round jump rings at either end. These give on to the first of two medallions, suspended from the double single strands.
The first medallion is circular, measuring 2 in in diameter. It features a cool cut out of a Parisian theme. The center shows the Eiffel Tower, to the left of which is Notre Dame, and to the right, the Arc de Triumph. The landmarks are not solid, but perforated, so that they have a light feel. It is attached via two integrated rings, at the top edge of the rim of the circle.
Below the first medallion, joined by a jump ring, is an arrow shaped piece, with a central oval. This piece has a "carved" look, with piercings down the sides and at the top the oval is embedded with 18 of the brilliants, following the curves of the shape. In the middle of the oval is suspended a wonderful oval "cameo", which has an intaglio "carving". It is encased in a solid back, which brings four prongs over the front, which attach at each corner curve. This medallion is 3 and 1/2 in long and 2 in wide (at its widest point).
Hung, again with a jump ring, is the last decorative element of the piece is a teardrop or shoehorn shape. It is 2 and 1/2 in long and 1 and 1/4 wide (at its widest point). It has a concave curve and the swirling gold pattern is very visible. The Jean Paul Gaultier signature is inscribed on this portion of the necklace.
This fascinating piece has a simple J hook, which inserts into a ring, for closure. It is in beautiful vintage condition, from the 1980's. Big time bonus as it comes in its own original pouch, printed with the Gaultier name. Just snatch up this incredible accessory and rock the night away!
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