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Joseff of Hollywood 1940's Burnished Gold Plated Metal and Azure Gemstone Cherub Necklace
Vintage necklace made by the masterful Joseff of Hollywood. This incredible piece is featured in Angie Gordon's "Twentieth Century Costume Jewelry" and is titled the Cherub necklace namely for its pendant design. This piece is also one with quite a history as legend has it. As is well known by jewelry makers and enthusiasts alike, Joseff of Hollywood made jewelry for the cinema. According to Gordon on page 39 of "Twentieth Century Costume Jewelry" more than 90% of all late 1930's and 1940's films featured his incredible costume jewelry in them. It is believed that this actual necklace was made for late actress Greta Garbo to be worn on film. The tubular chain was also seen in a 1941 advertisement around Lucille Ball's neck for the movie "Look Who's Laughing" according to Carla Ginelli Brunialti and Roberto Brunialti authors of "American Costume Jewelry: Art and Industry, 1935-1950 on page 222. The necklace is made of burnished gold plated brass metal and has a 1/2" wide tube of flexible gold plated mesh metal that looks great. The gold plated mesh chain is attached to a large pendant hooked by an ornate baroque style barrette. The pendant is 4" in diameter and has 4 azure gemstones prong set in open backed gold toned brass metal. These gemstones surround an ornate relief center depicting cherubs eating fruit from a vine. On the back of this section is a small circular disc signed "Joseff" and this piece is secured by a large spring ring clasp that holds great. The entire piece measures 18" in length and weighs approximately 116 grams. It is also rumored that this specific piece was bought for over $4500 in the 1970's, by Greta Gabro. If anyone has the matching earrings that they want to sell please e-mail me privately. A very lovely Joseff of Hollywood necklace that is both a great piece of vintage jewelry and a priceless piece of history.
Gender: Female, Age Group: Adult, Color: Gold/Blue, Size: 18" long Pendant: 4" long by 4" wide