For the advanced collector, we offer a truly rare find in this amazing vintage necklace with topaz-colored rhinestones and heavy gilt floral links from Ricarde of Hollywood, which folklore says is modeled after jewelry worn by Bette Davis in the motion picture 'Juarez' of 1939. Signed to the back and in very good condition for its 70-plus year age, this is a hard to find necklace; apparently collectors do not let these go lightly.
Length: approx. 18 inches laid flat, with the curve of the design the interior length is closer to 16.5 or 17 inches Drop: 3 1/2 inches Width: r/s links 1 1/4 inches, floral links 7/8 inches. focal r/s link 1 5/8 inches
The clasp is a push-in box with a large oval topaz rhinestone and smaller chaton stones. The floral metal links are made in such a way as to make the necklace curve when worn. The bigger links are set with large oval and round stones. The drops from the focal piece have a quatrefoil shape and teardrop filigree set with an oval stone.
The plate is similar to the old Russian gold used by Haskell and is in very good condition with some light wear at connection points and high domes on the links. We show a close-up of one link showing silvertone in a spot. The back is very shiny. The larger oval stones are foiled with the foil in good condition with tiny spots of wear on some stones. The rounds and smaller ovals are unfoiled. All stones are prong-set and secure.
This is a jewel that you can sure will be noticed and a fabulous investment piece for your collection.