We absolutely adore this vintage Western German necklace.
It features incredible hand-made art glass beads and faceted iridescent beads that give it a truly distinct look.
This breathtaking beauty features three strands of glass beads and glass pearls, each of which has been carefully wired to the neighboring one.
By using small wire loops instead of string or thread, the designer has ensured that this gorgeous necklace will stand the test of time.
Each strand is slightly longer than the one above it, creating a sensual cascade of layers.
As you can see, the necklace is pervaded by faceted glass beads with a "peacock"-iridescent finish. Some are slightly larger than others.
Brilliant white glass pearls also accent each strand.
It's the dazzling dichroic glass beads that seem to glow with bronze sparkle from within that really catch the eye.
These beads are larger than the rest and give the necklace a distinctly unique look, unlike any other necklaces from the era that we've seen.
Dichroic glass was actually invented over 100 years ago in Germany by scientist Dr. Arthur Pfeiffer.
The necklace joins with a simple hook clasp and features an extender chain with iridescent beads for easy adjustment.
Each of the three strands of beads is affixed to a reflective, faceted goldtone component at each end.
You will find a mark stamped on the reverse of the brass hook which reads "M.West.Germany" (short for "Made in Western Germany").
This mark was used after 1949, to delineate items manufactured in the Federal Republic of Germany as opposed to socialist Eastern Germany.
You will notice that some of the brass components show a bit of expected darkening, while a few of the glass beads exhibit a few teeny flea-bite scratches.
However, this highly collectible and super stylish necklace remains in very good vintage condition overall.
Measurements: Necklace is 15" – 17 1/2" long (adjustable with extender chain), Each strand is approx. 1/2" at widest point Weight: 70.4 grams (2.48 oz)