This example is a of a type of jewelry assigned to a Czech jewelry designer, usually said to have been a 'top vintage jewelry maker.' Pieces described as having been made by this person will often be described as 'made by hand.' Husár is usually touted in glowing descriptions as a true artist who crafted his pieces in Jablonec (Gablonz), Czechoslovakia. Sometimes a specific time frame is suggested for the era in which a piece of jewelry bearing this mark was made. Other times no specific date is actually given, but a pre-1945 date is suggested by including statements like this one:
"From 1920 until 1940, Czech jewelry makers used what they called "heavy soldering," so the back of the necklace is quite sturdily soldered with a base metal on what appears to be copper or a copper finish. This is not necessarily indicative of "wear" at all; the heavy soldering ensures that they most likely will never come apart."
Don't let the glint of the camera light sparking off the rhinestones or a glowing description blind you to what else can be seen, if the time is taken to look. For instance, would a 'true artist' or a 'top jewelry designer' ever want their name attached to what basically amounts to an unfinished piece? So called, 'heavy soldering' may indeed be useful for holding this necklace together, but a maker of quality jewelry will plate over soldered areas to give the framework for their jewels a clean, finished look.
Copper and some base metals have a tendency to react badly when worn in direct contact with skin. No jewelry maker of high quality goods is going to want their customers complaining of ring around the collar for actually attempting to wear their jewelry.
The simple fact is, this jewelry was not made to be worn, but appears to have been made only to have a 'look' avidly sought by an already established collector base of dedicated costume jewelry lovers.
On the example shown you can see that it includes rhinestones with an Aurora Borealis (AB) surface, too. But the Aurora Borealis finishing process wasn't invented until 1955. An all original piece of jewelry cannot be older that the newest component or process used in its construction.
No reliable information referencing an actual early Czech jewelry maker who marked pieces 'Husár. D' has ever been found, to date. Not in records from the various different times in which he was supposed to have been so well known and successful in business, and not in an historical reference written by a trusted jewelry industry source.
See the notes below for more information on the topic of new Czech jewelry..
The length of the example necklace in this listing is just under 16". It has a hook clasp.
A sudden 'warehouse find' of any type of antique or collectible should always be viewed with scepticism. The euphemism, 'warehouse find' almost always means 'period reproduction,' or 'new fake.' A true warehouse find of authentic, aged collectibles is a very rare thing, indeed.
The sudden availability of a continuing stream of supposedly 'rare' or hard to find jewelry pieces can be explained away with the quite plausible story of a respected old jewelry factory or warehouse forced to close because of a war. Remaining closed for more than 50 years, SBK and Husár.D jewelry pieces would seem to have just been waiting for the fairly recent boom in costume jewelry collecting in order to suddenly be rediscovered.
The Czech people are very proud of their heritage in regards to jewelry production. They treasure their antique and vintage historical resources. On March 23, 1994, Parliament passed an 'Act of the Czech Republic' concerning the Sale and Export of Cultural Objects. Cultural objects covered by this Act include Czech jewelry, either Fine or costume, determined to be at least 50 years in age and of no set market value.
"A physical person or legal entity who intends to export a cultural object may export that object from the territory of the Czech Republic only after it has been provided with certification that it has not been declared cultural monuments, nor articles which are part of a set declared as a cultural monument. They must submit one copy of the certificate to the customs authority when the cultural object is released into the export regime or the regime of passive cultural intercourse, one copy is kept and one copy of the certificate accompanies the cultural object."
SBK Czecho and HusarD jewelry pieces are, most likely, Czechoslovakian in manufacture. Most pieces are visually appealing and quite attractive. Stories about them become inaccurate, however, when they are sold as finished original, vintage pieces that were locked away in a warehouse for many, many years.
This type of jewelry is almost always advertised as hailing from the 1920's or 1930's, or earlier. Were this true, then a buyer should expect that the above required Czech government cultural monument certificate would have accompanied each piece at export.
If 'certification' is requested after delivery of a recently imported SBK or Husár.D marked jewelry item, don't be surprised if eventually a paper statement is provided. This won't be of official government issue, but a note from the Czech seller on which is printed the same warehouse story already told. The paper might be stamped with a semi-official looking ink stamp with Czech writing, but like the jewelry that it 'certifies' as authentic, any certificate of authenticity will have been made to order and also a fantasy.
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