Hattie Carnegie (original last name was Kanengeister) was born in Vienna, Austria in 1886 and emigrated to the USA with her family at the age of six. Carnegie's jewelry designs were her own creations, she did not copy the fine jewelry trends appearing on the market and her jewelry was always expensive. The movie star, Joan Crawford, bought and wore much of the Carnegie jewelry. The Carnegie company was sold to Larry Josephs after her death in 1956 and closed in the 1970's.
This lovely choker style necklace, circa 1950-1960, consists of 12 strands of delicate faux coral and onyx beads. The coral beads are elongated four-sided in shape, while the onyx beads are faceted and round in shape. The pattern is three coral and one onyx bead. With four beads to an inch, there are 600-700 individual beads in this creation. The individual strands measure from 12" to 14" in length with hook closure and 3" extender. The findings are gold-tone metal. The two bars which secure the strands are log-like with raised cross-bar embossed design; each is stamped "Carnegie". Excellent condition with great color and style.