Outstanding glass seed bead, MOP, gold nugget bead necklace earring set. The seed beads remind me of antique steel beads with a metallic shine. These are set off with pale tubular beads, chunks of squared mother of pearl, and nugget goldtone beads. The elaborate tongue and grove closure has all the elements of the necklace and is over an inch across, and can be worn at the back or side. The clip earrings mimic the clasp but are more oblong. The 14.75 inch necklace can be worn twisted, lapped over as we show on a bust here, or just straight, designed to have the inner larger beaded section peaking through.
I bought this years ago from a man whose wife collected beaded necklaces from Japan her entire adult life. This is the most outstanding set I've ever come across. This set is not marked. Circa 1950s.
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