This vintage Mish NY lion charm necklace is gold plated chunky, funky and fabulous. Mish Tworkowski, who was formerly the Senior VP at Sotheby's, cataloged the jewelry collections of Diana Vreeland and Jackie O. With an intimate knowledge of the best of the best, he designed, made, and sold upscale, couture, costume jewelry in his 70th St. boutique before transitioning to fine jewelry and moving to his salon on Bond St. in NYC. His fine jewelry is wonderful, it defines refinement, and frequently graces magazine covers. This vintage 80s necklace is a classic, the rope link chain is the backdrop for the abundance of double framed round charms that showcase the detailed lion face and mane, Mish did not succumb to the decadence of the decade, his designs raised the bar without going over the top. The necklace measures 15 inches and the 3/4 inch diameter charms dangle from its entire length ending in his signature toggle clasp. This necklace is in excellent vintage condition, the bright gold plating is fabulous and each charm is signed MISH. This is a substantial necklace, weighing in at more that 140 grams, approximately 5 ounces, and it could be easily lengthened by adding gold rings to the clasp. This also can be worn as a charm bracelet, I've included a picture of it wrapped twice around my 7 inch wrist. Mish created the finest in costume jewelry, which many of his upscale clients referred to as travel jewelry, and now specializes in fine jewelry, and he is the Co Chair of the Jewelry Committee of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. I have seen his fine jewelry and can unhesitatingly say that he created costume that is just as imaginative, compelling, elegant and ageless.
Note: The following quote is from The New York Times December 7, 2012 article about the designer "Mr. Tworkowski lives only a few blocks uptown from the new location, but he has spent the bulk of his professional life on the Upper East Side, first at Sotheby’s, where he specialized in 20th-century art and antiques, and next on East 70th Street, where he operated a bespoke jewelry boutique catering to society women with a penchant for one-of-a-kind jewels drawn from his love of gardens and exotic travel.".
Vintage Mish NY Lion Charm Necklace Gold Plated