Vintage 1970 Twin Mythological Figural Birds Faux Coral Lucite Bead Necklace - 17" Long with Spring Ring Clasp..
In 1970 this bold necklace was purchased at a fine boutique on Long Island. It's in very good vintage condition since it was only worn a few times. Prior to listing on Ruby Lane the necklace was re-strung, everything else is original as the day it was purchased.
This necklace is unsigned but very much in the style of some of the most popular costume jewelry designers of the late 1960's and early 1970's. The twin facing exotic animals is most typical of the necklaces of Donald Stannard, also similar bold gold tone metal figurals are seen in the work of Pauline Rader and Kenneth Jay Lane. All of these designers created some of the most outstanding pieces of costume jewelry during this period.
The gold tone highly detailed bird figures are in excellent condition, showing no wear, small gold tone beads are placed between sixteen 14mm faux coral round beads and two larger 18mm beads. The large center oval cabochon, bezel set with open back is typical of the style of Stannard's fantasy necklaces. The center oval profile is over 3/4" high, top to bottom almost 1-3/4", measures 1-1/2" across the center. These measurements are only for the center oval, including the the 5 (10mm) dangling beads on the bottom, the total length measures 2-1/2" long. Sixteen beads on the necklace measure 1/2" in diameter with two larger beads measuring 3/4" in diameter. The gold tone metal figural birds measure 2" high by 1-1/2" across.
For a bold necklace, it is not heavy to wear, the two gold tone facing mythological birds are solid, the beads are lucite and not heavy. Although unsigned, it resembles the vintage costume necklaces created by the designers I named above. It is a wonderful necklace to wear especially now, in spring and summer months with the coral color beads.
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