This lovely woven coral necklace and its wondrous earring partners were meticulously crafted in the 1930's. The ancient art form of bead weaving is truly a visual delight. Beautifully preserved, this woven coral suite is ready to impress all over again.
Crafted of 3.5mm natural red coral beads, the necklace is woven into a 16 inch rope that closes with a simple brass spring clasp. The woven rope graduates slightly down from 5/16" at center down to 1/4" at the clasp. A single 4mm coral bead and the original 3mm brass end cap are adjacent to each side of the clasp. The necklace weighs 18.4 grams.
The earrings feature woven beads in a round domed design. They are fitted with 835 silver vermeil non-pierced clips. Circa 1930's, these small clips fit the ear like a glove, unlike the giant clips that arose post 1940's. The earrings measure 20mm in diameter (3/4") and are 15mm thick (1/2"). The clips are hallmarked "835" and most likely were manufactured in Germany. Together, the earrings weigh 7.7 grams.
The coral beads are natural and undyed and offer the rich salmon hue that has been so popular for over 200 years. Actual hue is slightly more muted than our natural daylight photos may reflect. This variety of red coral looks great with all complexions, and adding the perfect youthful blush. Each of these beads were carved by hand with each bead slightly different. Magnified examination exhibits the valued "fingerprint" of nature that is inherent to genuine coral.
Woven to perfection and in amazing condition, this natural coral bead necklace and earring suite showcases the intricate patterns used to masterfully crochet beads into thick ropes for necklaces and blankets for earrings. All of the weaves are intact and there are no loose threads. All of the stringing is fluid and without the patch repairs that we sometimes see in woven designs.
The necklace spring clasp and both earring clips are in excellent working order. These clips hug both ears evenly and are not too loose nor too tight. In fact, they wear like a feather and you will forget you are even wearing them. We have dated this set to the 1930's, as that is when this early clip earring design arrived on the scene. However, the necklace has no markings and may be slightly older.
This woven necklace and earring suite are classic beauties that are ready to adorn and amaze once again. They will be delivered in a lovely presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy coral care instructions. Coral is easy to wear and easy to love--it's a natural.