This beauty measures 23" long and the baroque glass pearls measure 11mm to 12mm. There is some age related wear on the pearls. The rhinestone clasp with a cultured round pearl atop is what makes this necklace so special! It has been freshly restrung with knotted silk. Take a little read of this marvelous company's history .
The Les Bernard Company was founded by Bernard Shapiro in 1963. His father Harold Shapiro, had been partners with Jack Gilbert and George Grant in the Vogue Jewelry Company from the 1930s that was started as the Park Importing Company NYC. Harold Shapiro ended his association with Vogue in 1962 with the other partners continuing to make Vogue jewelry until the mid- 1970s. Bernard Shapiro's partner, Lester Joy designed the layouts for the company's jewelry and that is how the Les Bernard name came into being. The company is said to be a pioneer in jewelry design that featured rhinestones with genuine marcasites along with the use of gold-tone, silver-tone and sterling silver metals. The use of faux pearls and faux turquoise, Lucite beads, color and clear glass beads helped to establish the elaborate high quality construction of the jewelry pieces produced with styles ranging from Art Deco to Egyptian. Mark: "LES BERNARD INC." and "LES BERNARD STERLING". The company is known for their fine designs, meticulous details and substantial jewelry. The Les Barnard Company ceased operations in 1996. Today their designs are sought after by collectors who recognize the quality that went into these rare vintage offerings.
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