Bernard Shapiro, son of Vogue Jewelry Company founded Harold Shapiro, and Lester Joy began producing jewelry under the "Les Bernard" name in 1963. They also manufactured jewelry for Mary McFadden, James Galanos, Ugo Correani, and for the Dynasty Collection, inspired by the famous television series. Operations ceased circa 1996. Les Bernard jewelry is exemplified by quality design, materials and workmanship. Relatively "new" in the vintage jewelry market, Les Bernard's work ushered in a changing attitude in fashion trends. The future promises high vintage visibility.
Presented is a wonderful Chinese inspired genuine cloisonné pendant suspended on braided black silk cord. Cord ends are gold tone umbrella capped and secured with a textured fold over clasp. The cloisonné pendant features a garden of floral blossoms and foliage in shades of blue, green, red, orange, yellow, pearl and green. A butterfly flutters at top. Lustrous black background and golden tracings complete the picture. Reverse is done in the oft seen light blue enamel. The piece dates circa 1980s.
The necklace's wearable length is approximately 14 1/4 inches -- choker style. Pendant, including fancy bail, is about 3 1/8 inches x 1 3/4 inches with a 1/8 inch thickness. Weight of the necklace is approximately 72 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. Cloisonné work is superb and free from chips, nicks cracks, rubs or stains. No dents or improper bends. Blue reverse free from damage. Gold tone finish intact on pendant, caps and clasp. Finish wear to clasp jump rings only. Black silk cording in amazing condition with no fraying, snags, pulls, stains or fading. Tight, secure braiding. Pendant securely attached. Clasp strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
End jump ring retains it's original oval metal hang tag stamped: "LES BERNARD INC." Circa 1980s.
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