Swiss cocoa and alpine white opaque beads lined with clear chaton rhinestones shine and sparkle in this outstanding vintage hand wired gold tone necklace and wrap bracelet set. Although unsigned, truly a work of a talented house. The labor intensive hand wiring of each bead and rhinestone is rarely seen in generic off the shelf fashion jewelry. A remarkable, exquisite set.
Let me begin with the necklace. The opaque white and cocoa glass beads are hand wired onto a framework of beveled metal bars, with connector links that allow to necklace to flex / bend. A row of clear chaton rhinestones runs down the center of the beads. Bilateral sections begin with horizontal set beads. Center section wires beads in vertical portions with a wonderful diagonally wired overlay. Breathtakingly beautiful. The matching wrap bracelet utilizes the same framework with vertically wired beads and rhinestone center row.
The necklace is adjustable to about 16 1/2 inches with three bead charmed extension chain and hook style closure. Rhinestone and bead span is approximately 12 inches, the first double horizontal set section, about 7/16 inch wide. The vertically set section spans about 5 inches x 3/4 inch wide. Overlay portion is approximately 2 inches long x 3/4 inch wide. The bracelet will accommodate wrist sizes from about 5 1/2 inches to 6 1/2 inches. Width is about 7/8 inch. The bypass portion, which will vary according to wrist size, is about 1 1/2 inches wide. Weight of the necklace and bracelet set is approximately 102 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All wiring remains secure. All semi gloss beads intact with no chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. No stains or discoloration. All rhinestones intact, retaining sparkle. No bent or distorted bead placements. Bracelet retains memory. No stretch-out. Gold tone finish shows some wear on reverse of pieces only. An amazingly well preserved set.
The pieces in this set are not signed. By their design, materials and workmanship, I'm thinking 1950s vintage. I have not seen American made vintage fashion jewelry constructed in this manner, although perhaps some high end couture style or custom pieces may have been commissioned. The wiring and juxtaposition of beads are intricate and masterfully done. Certainly the work of skilled craftsmen.
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