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Big, beautiful natural red coral beads and matching earrings are a rare luxury today. This glorious necklace and earring suite have lived a wonderful life and are ready to create new memories with that favorite girl on your gift list.
Laden with luxurious beauty, this large bead natural coral necklace offers unparalleled beauty. It most definitely delivers the wow factor. Crafted of 120 grams of vibrant hand carved natural red coral, this necklace offers not only large scale beads but an extra long length of 24-1/2" (just over 62cm). Beads of this size were more often reserved for the classic 16-18" lengths.
With age of the coral estimated at 1920-1930, this Art Deco delight is comprised of 54 beads ranging from 16.5mm (just under 11/16") at center and graduating down to 9.5mm at the clasp. The color of the coral is a vibrant orange red with earthen undertones and without any white veins or spots. With the lack of white in any of the beads, we believe the coral to be Mediterranean but it could be top quality Momo coral, as well. The color is gorgeous and certainly blends with our known Momo coral items.
The beads are hand carved in the slightly off round shape, originally intended to slightly hug one another when strung antique style without knots. This carving style was used on all coral beads through the 1940's, when the modern round cuts were perfected.
The center bead measures an amazing 16.5x15.5mm, with the four neighboring beads at 15.1x13.8mm, 15.0x13.4mm, 14.6x12.5mm and 14.8x13.7mm. There are 21 beads at 12mm or larger and only seven beads under 10mm. The beads at mid-line measure 11.5mm. The necklace weighs a commanding 120 grams.
The large showpiece clasp is a modern replacement, itself being 1950's to early 1960's. It is crafted of 14K yellow gold in the shape of a large rose blossom with 4.2mm cultured pearl accent. The gold rose measures 18x19.5mm (just under and over 3/4"). It features a wide tongue and groove closure as well as a figure 8 safety clasp for added security. Inclusive of pearl, the clasp measures just under 1/2" thick. It is hallmarked " 14K".
The length of this necklace does not require a clasp as it slips easily on and off over the head. If you would prefer this necklace without clasp or would prefer another type of clasp design, please contact us for a special price. 919-886-1987
The matching earrings are crafted from matching coral button cabochons and fitted with modern 14K pierced posts. These earrings would have originally been fitted with non-pierced screwbacks. The thick buttons are uniform in color without white veins or spots. Each is smoothly finished with no surfaces pits on front. One of the buttons exhibits a small pit on its back side. Each button slightly differs in size, one at 11.5x6.2mm and the other at 11.8x6mm. This is common for cabochons and especially button cuts. This is not noticeable when side by side or when worn. The beloved button cut also disappeared after the 1940's. Each earring is fitted with a 7.5mm wide pad for stability. There are matching 14K butterfly backs. Together, the earrings weigh 4 grams including backs, 3.3 grams without backs.
The coral is natural, undyed or not treated in any manner. The coral is dense and exhibits excellent light refraction. The beads are smoothly cut with a high gloss polish that is more consistent with post Mid Century corals. These beads have been professionally repolished and their glow and shine are beyond fabulous. The bead surfaces are clean without crevasses. On a handful of beads, there is a tiny pit near the bead holes (sides). These are not visible to the naked eye. When magnified, the coral displays an excellent fingerprint (growth plate).
The actual hue is deeper than salmon but not as deep as tomato red, nor as deep as paprika. The undertone is earthy and not rosy. The color is more muted than our photos may reflect. All photos were taken in natural daylight. Have more questions? We are happy to help. We understand the importance of color. Do note that smaller screens of smartphones and tablets always display darker hues.
This necklace has been freshly restrung in house with knots in our signature hand tied method, giving you more coral to the inch as well as added security and longevity. The coral is in excellent condition, with no cracks or chips in the coral. The clasp is also in excellent operating condition with no issues to the rose itself. The pearl exhibits no damage and is securely seated. The earrings are also in excellent condition. There are no chips or cracks and the posts and backs are in great shape.
The superb quality, bead size, long length and condition of this necklace and earring suite make this an excellent investment piece that can be worn and enjoyed without worry. There will be no more.
Shipment to USA is Fast & Free via FedEx 2 Day arrival. International shipments are limited, so please contact us for rates applicable to your particular location.
Pardon the way that I stare....just too good to be true.
Grand 14K Natural Red Coral 9.5-16.5mm Bead Necklace & Earring Suite 124 grams
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