The glass beads...Italian masterpieces in the Sommerso tradition, more specifically Fogliato or foiled. The ladder construction and runway presentation, more French, with techniques employed by Chanel, Balmain and Rousselet. Cody's is proud to present this outstanding 1950s vintage extravaganza.
Let's begin with the mix of silvery blue and green center strip foiled rounds with black striations and black caps. Each of these beads is further accented with tiny black end beads. The bilateral chain fogliato beads are flanked by one row of green aurora borealis crystals and one row of blue ab crystal glass beads. The fixed center medallion, piled high with wired, complimenting fogliato and crystal beads is topped with an oval faceted watermelon tourmaline or vitrail rhinestone, accenting the blues and greens in the beads with a blink of watermelon pink. Beautifully designed and made with the finest materials, this IS the necklace you'll reserve for those most special occasions. As close to couture as it gets.
The collar style necklace is adjustable to about 17 1/2 inches with beaded extension tail and hook closure. The bilateral chains are approximately 1 inch wide. Medallion portion is about 2 inches x 1 5/8 inches with a 3/4 inch profile or height. Largest foiled beads are approximately 11 millimeters; aurora borealis crystals, about 9 millimeters. Watermelon tourmaline rhinestone is approximately 24 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is a substantial 128 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All fogliato beads and ab crystals and rhinestone free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. Bead treatments, colors and finishes intact. Watermelon rhinestone retains all color gradations and as created brilliance. All wired construction secure with proper alignment and layout. Pierced medallion base retains protective, textured back cover plate. Pierced medallion, cover plate and wiring retain brass tone finish, while end bars and hook retain silver tone finish. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Near pristine vintage.
The necklace is not signed. We think you'll agree it is the creation of an established fashion house, circa 1950s-1960s.
Venetian beads, aurora borealis crystals and a prize winning watermelon. More of everything you want. From Cody's.
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