Caviness knew beads and how to make them work -- in uncommon combinations of colors, shapes and sizes that would come together in perfect harmony. She began producing jewelry in her own factory in 1945. The business continued into the 1990s after Caviness' death in 1983.
The triple strand necklace presented, circa 1960s, uses a combination of pink and vanilla swirled art glass beads in the top strand, interspersed with golden metal cage beads and diagonally cut clear glass beads with pink tube interiors. Additional two strands are comprised of the same diagonally cut clear glass beads with pink inner tubes used as intersperse beads in the top strand. Interestingly the three strands are ultimately attached to textured gold tone end bars, although the bottom two strands are capped in silver tone filigree. We think this may have been and intentional unconventional mix of silver and gold tone metals, visible at back of the neck.
The necklace's top strand is adjustable to approximately 17 1/4 inches with beaded extension chain and hook closure. Bottom strands drape about 1 inch longer. Largest pink parfait beads are approximately 16 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is 64 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All beads from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Wonderful bead colors and treatments. Gold tone and silver tone finishes intact. Bead strands appear secure although we cannot guarantee the strength of vintage stringing. Some metal finish wear on hook. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
The necklace is signed on the reverse of one of the end bars: "ALICE CAVINESS". It is also signed on the inside of the hook closure: "CAVINESS". Circa 1950s.
Parlay your perfection in pink. Compliments of Caviness. At Cody's.
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Alice Caviness Art Glass Bead Necklace