Hattie Carnegie was quite a gal. In 1939 she started making costume jewelry just to accessorize her popular fashion line. And then her jewelry line took off and everyone was 'maddie' for Hattie.
Her 1950s beaded necklaces were very popular but you rarely see one like this...made of genuine gemstones in a two-strand, two-color stunner.
These are genuine stones in the colors of jade and amethyst. Since we're not gemologists, these may just be glass but we think they're some kind of natural semi-precious gemstones.
The two strand necklace measures 19 inches around. It's almost 1 inch wide. The stone beads are spaced with goldtone beads. The green beads that look like jade are opaque and frosty with speckles of dark green. The purple beads that look like amethyst are facet cut with interiors that combine spaces of clear and floating purples. Very interesting beads indeed!
Carnegie’s designs and materials were innovative and distinctive. Some pieces were designed in-house under her direction. Others were commissioned by notable designers such as Kenneth Jay Lane and Clare McCardell. Whatever Carnegie put her name to is something you'd be proud and excited to wear. The secure slide-in clasp says HATTIE CARNEGIE.
Through a strong magnifier, we can see teeny little dings to a few of the beads. Not visible to the eye.
Excellent vintage condition. Gorgeous color combination. Top notch designer. Circa 1950s.
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