Fabulous two strand chunky necklace from the 1950’s features natural shell pieces with mother of pearl accents. The mother of pearl finish was created by mother nature, not by man or machine. Shell pieces are polished and smooth. In person you can see some highlights of pastels and white mother of pearl on the shells. It’s hard to capture with the camera. Shells and beads are strung onto a sterling silver vermeil chain. This is a mark of very high quality. You can see most of the gold over the silver beneath. Both sections of the tongue and groove box clasp still have plenty of gold. The golden spacer balls that are interspersed throughout the necklace are most likely sterling silver with gold plating.
Genuine carnelian stone orbs form the beautiful beads used in this necklace. You can see some transparency and color patterns within each stone.
Necklace measures 17-1/2” on the inside strand and 22-1/2” on the outer strand. Average length of shells are one inch. Shells are not sharp, but finely polished to give the wearer comfort while wearing. Because I had to take a selfie wearing the necklace, it may look a bit bunched up on one side. It really looks great and drapes beautifully.
Carnelian is a type of agate, which is a variety of chalcedony. Carnelian is one of the oldest known gemstones and is the birthstone for the sign of Virgo. Carnelian is also known as a very lucky stone to wear and is said to give the wearer energy, motivation and vitality.