1960s Langani Floating Glass Bead Multistrand Statement Necklace. many strands of orange. amber, butterscotch and earth toned glass beads are strung on clear monofilament elastic for a twisted, tumble of translucent glamour on the neck. Only 12" long but stretchy, the necklace is large in impact but not meant for large necks. Small and medium sized necks should wear this comfortably. The clasp, also wired and knitted together concentric circle of beads is approximately 1.2" in diameter and is signed langani on the rear. The clasp adds to the length as well. The necklace also includes the hallmark single glass bead interspersed with the rest of the beads as a secret tip to those in the know on this secret special artisans detail. Excellent vintage condition. For information about the designer and maker--see the information below,
Anni Schaad was the daughter of the painter and designer Paul Lang and the textile designer Minna Lang-Kurz. Her sister, renowned fashion photographer Regina Relang, provided many of the most iconic images of langani jewelry. Anni Schaad was married to the German director editor Rudolf Schaad.
Anni Schaad studied at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Stuttgart and in Vienna at the Wiener Werkstätte with Josef Hoffmann. In 1952 she founded a jewellery company, which she eventually named "langani," a combination of her given and maiden name. Her first commercial success came at the 1952 Frankfurt Fair; between 1969 and 1989 she worked together with Louis Feraud, Paris, and designed the jewelry for his Haute Couture and Prêt-à-porter fashion shows. langani continues to produce fashion jewelry in Stuttgart, Germany.
Anni Schaad is said to have invented the "Floating bead" technique in which beads are strung on nylon threads so that they appear to be dancing on the skin, but no patent was ever filed.
1960s Langani Floating Glass Bead Multistrand Statement Necklace