Vintage early 1930s princess length necklace features cut glass crystal beads which graduate in size from 5mm to 14mm. The faceted beads are spaced by small round black beads between pairs of clear rondelles.
Measuring 18” in length, the necklace has a brass spring ring closure.
With the onset of the Great Depression, cut glass crystal necklaces like this emerged as affordable substitutes for rock crystal versions, which could cost anywhere from 5 to 10 times the price. Typically offered in 16” or 18” lengths, they were described as “diamond cut” with a brilliance equal to that of rock crystal, and were popular as graduation gifts.
Photo #7 shows a March 1932 ad for a necklace quite similar to the one being offered here.
Very good condition, with finish wear to the brass closure, the black coating worn off one spacer bead (photo #5), and one crystal bead with worn facets (photo #6).
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Vintage 1930s Graduated Cut Crystal Bead Necklace