Vendome, Coro's higher end division, excelled in fine bead and rhinestone jewelry. Helen Marion was it's chief designer and her expertise can be seen in many examples of Vendome jewelry. The opera length single strand necklace pictured, circa 1970s, utilizes fabulous topaz color glass rivoli stone beads. Cone shaped with pointed backs, the rounds are brilliantly faceted with that signature rivoli color and light play. Reverse of the glass rivolis are coated with a bronzy foil like finish. There is one round faceted glass crystal at center of necklace in a complementing topaz color. Faux pearl beads add contrast, accenting the rivolis to their best advantage. Tiny faceted clear lucite spacer beads define.
The faux pearls and rivolis graduate from about 5 millimeters to 10 millimeters. Length of the necklace is approximately 29 inches. Clasp is a goldtone screw barrel type. Weight of the necklace is approximately 52 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All faux pearls retain nacre and luster. Glass rivoli stones retain foil like finish on reverse. No chips, cracks or breaks to beads. Strand appears secure with no slack or over pull. Screw barrel clasp strong and secure, retaining all goldtone finish. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
The necklace retains it's original oval metal hang tag. One side is stamped with "Vendome" and the copyright symbol. The opposite side features the fleur de lis stamp often used as a logo for Vendome jewelry. Circa 1970s.
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