This lovely vintage 'Heishi style' necklace (c. 1950's) is made from graduated tubular red coral 'beads' inter spaced with little round silver beads. Natural red coral, which mostly comes from the Mediterranean, has been used by North American Indians for the last 600 years having been brought to the 'New World' by the Europeans. Today what was often called 'Red Gold' is rare and increasingly hard to find. So this piece is a wonderful and quite unique example.
Red coral beads have traditionally symbolized success and social prominence of the wearer. This necklace has quite a dainty feel to it and would be perfect for a young lady ~ or any lady for that matter!
The necklace measures 18 1/2 inches long. The coral tube beads are graduated with a circumference of 2mm at the ends to 5mm at the center. The weight is 20 grams. The stringing is secure and looks original. There is a simple hook clasp which acid tests for sterling as do the 19 beads which measure 3 mm.
An expert has verified the authenticity of this necklace, which also supports the family provenance of this piece and has placed a value of about $350. But I need to move these treasures on so the sale price is now well below this! Hopefully to help someone make a special addition to a Christmas stocking!
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