An elderly friend has asked me to help her out by selling some of her jewelry that she has packed away for many years. I am not a jeweler and am describing these items to the best of my limited abilities. Please contact me if you have any questions, and I will answer as best I can. This is a very lovely cultured (real) pearl necklace and bracelet. I do not think they originally came together, but they make a really attractive set. Both were stored in a velvet box that has “Imperial” printed in gold on the lining, but I do not know if this box is original to either piece. The necklace is 20 inches long and the pearls are a light cream color with a soft luster. They are nicely matched and are a uniform round shape. The white gold filigree clasp is marked “14kt” and with a very tiny mark I cannot make out. If you look very closely at the individual pearls you will find tiny scattered surface blemishes and on some of the pearls you can see faint rings under the surface, but none of would be noticeable when you are wearing them (unless you have friends who run around with jeweler’s loupes!). Overall, this is a very pretty classic vintage cultured pearl necklace. The 7.5 inch long bracelet is made of slightly smaller pearls with a little more yellowish cast. They have a nice soft luster and are well matched, but are not as evenly shaped and, if you look closely, have more surface blemishes than the necklace, but still make a very nice appearance on your wrist. The bracelet has a lobster claw clasp that is marked in very tiny numbers “925.” Both the necklace and bracelet are knotted between each pearl. These pieces look really pretty worn together and are in overall good shape, but should probably be restrung as in some places the knotting has stretched a bit.
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