I have put as the Focal Point in this NECKLACE a Very RARE and LOVELY ANTIQUE FRENCH PASTE CELLULOID ST. TERESA MEDAL. This is a UNIQUE BEAUTIFUL MEDAL! The Medal is made from a Base Metal, no idea what the Metal is but St. Teresa is framed with a Ring of what appears to be Rose Gold Plate. There are SPARKLING FRENCH PASTE also framing Her and this Rose Gold Frame really makes the Paste Stones POP! All the Paste are ORIGINAL and PRONG SET and still have lots of SHIMMER to them. The Medal has its own BAIL that also has 3 Paste Stones on it. The Medal is in EXCELLENT CONDITION with no damage at all. I purchased it from FRENCH CANADA and the Jewelers NAME is Printed on the back of the CELLULOID PAPER BACKING which you can see in the close up Photo. The CELLULOID is an actual PHOTO of ST. TERESA. St. TERESA is posed as SHE is often seen holding a bouquet of Flowers with a Crucifix because of this She was often referred to as the ( Little Flower ). This Medal was made taking an actual Photograph Image of Her when She was still living and transferred it to a smaller Image of Her. St. TERESA has always been a much Loved SAINT by Christians and there are many likeness of Her made available on the open market but I have never seen one like this one. This is a TRUE TREASURE! The Medal measures with its own Bail 1,1/2 inches high by 1 hair over 1 inch wide. I wanted to make a LOVELY NECKLACE to honor HER but not something that would take away from Her image or detract from Her. So I chose HUGE WHITE CULTURED BAROQUE KASUMI PEARLS to make a DRAMATIC but SIMPLE NECKLACE for Her. These Pearls just GLOW with LUSTRE! I used the traditional method of making a Pearl Necklace to make this Necklace by using White Silk Beading Cord and then knotting closely behind each Pearl, doing this keeps the Pearls from touching and rubbing against each other. I then put a RODIUM Plaited Heart Clasp on the Necklace. The Heart of the CLASP is not attached to the CLASP. The CLASP has a Hook on each end of the Necklace that hooks into the Heart on both the RIGHT and LEFT SIDES of the ends of the Necklace. That means the wearer can use either their Right or Left Hand to put the Necklace on or off. I also when attaching the CLASP reinforced the connection by applying Clear Jewelry Glue into the End Cups of both HOOKS and doing this makes the Clasp more secure. The Necklace connection is completely Sealed Solid in the Clear Glue and this does not show at all when the Necklace is being worn. These are VERY LARGE PEARLS measuring 12-17MM in size! The average size Pearls my Mothers generation was usually affordably able to purchase 50 years ago would have been a much smaller size like 9-10MM. The Pearl industry has exploded over 50 years making the modern woman able to buy AMAZING PEARLS like these for an affordable price. Each Pearl is a UNIQUE one of a KIND! Each Pearl has the variation of Wrinkly and Smooth TEXTURE that Kasumi Pearls are known for. This Pearl Texture is Naturally occurring in the Pearls growth Pattern this is what makes these PEARLS be so UNIQUE and SPECIAL. Even though the Pearls are White each Pearl has an AMAZING LUSTRE with lots of Reflective COLORS coming off the Pearls such as PINKS, GREENS and BLUES, so PRETTY! I use only the BEST PEARLS in my ARTISAN JEWELRY. It is a common practice among many Pearl Sellers to use FINGERNAIL POLISH to cover FLAWS in Low Quality Pearls. I NEVER BUY PEARLS from Sellers who do this. I ONLY buy from the Best Sellers who sell QUALITY PEARLS and it took years of buying and searching out these Pearl Sellers to find them. There is some Very Minor Surface Irregularity in some of these Pearls and this is a normal part of a Kasumi Pearls growth pattern and not considered a Flaw. I never use any Pearls that have any type of Flaw in them that is CLEARLY VERY OBVIOUS and takes away from the BEAUTY of the PEARL. There are 26 Pearls in the Necklace. The Necklace measures 17 inches long and the Total Length of the Necklace with the Medal is 20 inches long. I wanted the owner to be able to wear this Gorgeous Pearl Necklace alone or with a different Pendant so I have tied right thru the Bail of the Medal attached to the Necklace with a Small White Ribbon. The Medal can easily be put on or changed out with this ribbon. I offer GENEROUS LAYAWAY TERMS to my buyers. If you LOVE collecting Religious Medals this is a STUNNING NECKLACE with a RARE FRENCH TREASURE that you will LOVE for years to come! Thanks for visiting FRENCHEVANGELINEROSE on RUBY LANE! NOTE: I am Happy to supply more Photos of the PEARLS if needed.
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