This Corocraft choker necklace, called "Contessa," was featured in a catalog on a page called "Corocraft Jewels for Spring, 1953." The set included a necklace, brooch and earrings (this listing is for the necklace only). Of the three sets listed in this series, this was the expense one at $10 for the necklace. The gold snake chain ends in a series of loops that have clear rhinestones on the bottom half of each loop. The center is a round disc with red rhinestone spikes and a clear rhinestone center. This is a very elegant piece, reminds me more of Pennino designs. This set is featured on page 222 of Coro Jewelry by Marcia "Sparkles" Brown.
Measurements: the necklace is 15.25 inches long with a fold over clasp. The center design is 4 inches across with a curved, rigid center (the circle and one loop on each side). The center round design is 1 inch in diameter.
Condition: The set is in very good vintage condition. The rhinestones are all in place and remain bright. There is scuffing to the gold tone surfaces. Please use the zoom feature to review all photographs carefully, as they are an important part of the description.
Marks: A cartouche on the back of the center design reads "Corocraft PAT. PEND." as well as "Coro" in script on the clasp. Corocraft was originally designed to compete in the English market as high end costume jewelry. The emphasis was on Art Deco (geometric) and Art Nouveau (nature designs). Alfred Katz was the lead designer for Corocraft. According to the Coro Jewelry book "From 1933 to the 1970's, Corocraft was the top line for Coro."
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Corocraft Contessa Red Rhinestone Necklace - Book Piece
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