This absolutely stunning piece is from Larry Vrba’s Mayan collection that he designed while at Castlecliff. Vrba was the head designer for Castlecliff from 1970 to 1972. Prior to that he designed for Miriam Haskell.
Necklace with dangling pendant features a figure, perhaps a Mayan God or priest, reaching upward as if in chant or prayer. His breastplate is a square beveled grey stone of some kind. Mr. Vrba made many pieces using real stone during his time at Castlecliff. I’m no expert, but I believe this may be a hematite stone that was gently polished a bit to a very soft finish. It is held in place by four prongs. Viewing from the back of the figure it was made to look like wire wrapping as part of his outfit, perhaps to support the breastplate.
The chain section is composed of links that are tapered outward forming what may be considered a type of club. Each link is 1-3/4 long and between 1/4" and 3/8”. I have never seen such a fascinating chain. If you look at the photos you may see what I mean. Has a nice spring ring clasp.
Piece is finished in lustrous soft gold tone. It may or may not be gold plated. It sure looks like 18 or 22 karat.
Chain measures 20” long. Figure is 2-7/8” x 1-5/8”. Back has CASTLECLIFF in raised block letters.
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