An ivory colored twisted cord knotted (in my opinion, these knots tend to add even more of a nautical feel to this piece)on either side of a solitary gold plated shell as the focal piece.....a totally simple design, but it's a winner from designer Yves Saint Laurent! The shell is swirled and detailed with lines and is slightly brushed for a nice finish. Each end of the cord (which, by the way does have a little bit of a satiny sheen to it) is finished with a gold plated end cap and there is a secure catch. Although the neutrality of this 1970's necklace affords quite a bit of wear ability, I have to admit that I tried this next to an olive green shell and it was sensational! Of course, it will look wonderful with royal blue, black, and even pink or coral for those Summer beach affairs. It will virtually go with any color. Now this necklace is not a choker.....it's longer on an average size neck....but, possibly on a larger neck, it could be more of a choker. Best to refer to the measurements for this one. A smart, chic piece from YSL!
There is a bit of gold plate loss on the center of the front of the shell.....where the shell circles to the middle of the pendant it looks like it has been rubbed against something which has taken the plating off. This sounds bad, but it really isn't that noticeable when being worn. The light colored cord does have some definite soiling especially on the backs of the knots. There is a small area near the catch on each side of the cord which has a small bit of darkening. The front of the cord is not badly soiled at all, so most of the soiling is not seen when the piece is being worn. But, it's definitely there, just the same. The catch appears to have darkened over time.
Shell: 1" x 1"
Length of Necklace Laid Out Flat From Catch to Round Eye: 23 ½"
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