A gorgeous Art Deco Necklace strung with a variety of beads on silver wire. So typical of its time, the Necklace displays the ingenuity of its maker in transforming differently shaped and textured beads into a work of art.
The Necklace features 5 beautifully carved oval carnelian color beads made from a very hard plastic which I believe is some form of bakelite, but they do not test positive for bakelite using simichrome. The rest of the necklace is strung with faceted crystal beads which have frosted glass cup beads at each side and two of the carnelian color carved beads have pyramid style faceted black glass beads which have a bright metallic silver coating set at both sides. In between most of the beads are small clear rhinestone set rondelle spacers. The silver color metal barrel clasp is set with small clear rhinestones. Due to the design of the necklace and the style of clasp, I believe that the necklace is of French origin, although it is not signed at all.
The Necklace measures 16 3/4 inches long. The large oval shaped carved beads each measure a fraction under 1 inch long and 17 mm in diameter at the widest point.
In lovely condition for its age, there is almost no damage to any of the beads - the only damage is to a facet on one of the pyramid style metallic coated beads which is at the top end of the bead. The damage is a small chip which has removed the metallic coating exposing the black glass below. This is barely visible to the naked eye and does not detract from the appearance of the necklace. The glass pyramid style beads show some tiny areas of wear to the metallic coating (only visible using a jeweler's loupe) and some darkening to this coating at the top ends where the beads have come into contact with the metal of the rhinestone set rondelles.
Art Deco French Carved Bead & Crystal Necklace