Cadoro was a Manhattan-based jewelry company founded in 1954 by actor Steven Brody and Daniel Stoenescu (aka Staneskieu). They specialized in innovative costume jewelry sold in stores such as Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. The company closed in 1987 following Brody's retirement as president.
One of their favorite materials was Bakelite and they mixed the colorful plastic in very interesting and unusual ways. This piece features a carved triangle of thick marbled green Bakelite and makes it the centerpiece of jade-like green glass beads. This 'odd couple' turns out to be a great match and Cadoro did it time and time again. No wonder the likes of the Duchess of Windsor and Barbra Streisand were fans of their designs.
This necklace is a choker length at 14.5 inches. We're going to add an extension chain to match the gold-tone clasp so that you can have this necklace extend up to 17 inches around...or leave as it was made. The beads are about 5mm wide. The Bakelite (tested) measures 1 5/8 inches high at center. A little age tarnish near clasp shows in photo...we'll clean it up. Overall in excellent vintage condition. Unsigned but we've had other Cadoros and this is one for sure.
Examples of Cadoro jewelry are held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art.
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