This very contemporary looking Hobe necklace features celadon and pale lavender elements. The beaded necklace terminates with a double fish pendant. Each bead has a small gold separator bead.
The beads are each 8mm and the pendant measures 2" x 2". The carving on the fish is the same on the front as the back with cross-hatched incised carving to represent scales. The necklace without the pendant measures approx. 23".
Double fish images are symbolic in some Eastern beliefs and are most often used to symbolize abundance and wealth. Some also say it represents a happy marriage.
The style of the Hobe' signature on the clasp and the patent date puts it at between 1958-1983. Research has shown that a similar Hobe' necklace with original price tag sold was priced new at $147.50 (29-54 years ago!!). Vintage Hobe' ones like this generally are priced around $295.00 and up. As you can see, we have chosen to keep our price much closer to the original one.
The beads are hardstone. We think they are celadon and lavender jade, but not being sure, have chosen to use the general term of 'hardstone'. That term applies to many different stones. Here is what Wikipedia says about it, "Hardstone carving is a general term in art history and archaeology for the carving for artistic purposes of semi-precious stones, also known as gemstones, such as jade, rock crystal (clear quartz), agate, onyx, jasper, serpentine or carnelian, and for an object made in this way." It also has a specific meaning in terms of measurable hardness of the stone measured on the MOHS scale.