Pauline Rader's circle of social butterflies, along with her husband's political connections helped launch her Forest Hills, New York showroom in 1968. Jewelry was produced earlier but remained unmarked until '68. The Rader line created quite a splash with bold designs influenced by pre-Columbian, Grecian, Roman and Egyptian cultures. Whimsical pieces also remained a favorite throughout the Rader reign, circa 1963-1980s.
The '70s vintage necklace presented, a nod to the modernistic mood of the era, features large, chunky single, double and triple panels, enameled in a flat slate color punctuated with glossy cocoa splotches. (Colors are our subjective interpretation -- yours may differ.) Panels are edged in gold tone. Double and triple panels are vertically soldered and attached horizontally with jump rings, allowing panels to drape beautifully, bib style, over the décolletage. Panel reverses reveal finely textured gold tone surfaces. Bilateral gold tone cable chains with linked extension chain secure via hook.
The necklace is adjustable to about 16 1/2 inches with extension chain and hook closure. Decorative center spans approximately 5 inches x 3 3/4 inches at it's most southern tip. Weight of the necklace is about 80 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All enamel finish intact. No chips, nicks, rubs or scratches. Gold tone finishes intact, front and back. No dents or improper bends to metal. All soldering and connections secure. Closure secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of southern most panel is signed within on oval cartouche: "PAULINE" underscored with "RADER" , copyright symbol between. Circa 1970s.
Whether you lean left or right, fortify with Pauline Rader. Jewelry for any party line. At Cody's.
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