Alice Caviness began the jewelry line in the '40s, complimenting her fashions, much like accessory introductions by Chanel and Schiaparelli. Employing designers Lois Steever and Camille (Millie) Petronzio, Ms. Caviness operated the business until her death in 1983. Petronzio, of course, went on to work with Miriam Haskell and Steever continued to run the Caviness firm until the late 1990s. Alice Caviness insisted on using the finest materials, often utilizing hand beading and setting. Production was limited, rendering duplicate examples extremely rare.
One can see what a wonderful compliment the single strand, opera length (32") necklace presented would make. Absolutely breathtaking glass faux lapis oval cabochons, dotted with aqua marine rhinestones are cage set in an oblong bead reminiscent of the famous Faberge Eggs. Additional, fancy capped, round faux lapis beads share the spotlight with oblong glass faux pearls and unusual crater beads, set with round cabs of faux lapis. Twisted metal spacer bars connect and a faux lapis set blossom clasp complete the vision. Hardware and findings are in both gold tone and silver tone. All materials and workmanship are premium quality. A top shelf Caviness creation, end to end.
The necklace is a fixed approximate 32 inches with push in box type clasp. Large, cage set beads are about 31 millimeters x 17 millimeters. Faux pearls are approximately 22 millimeters x 12.5 millimeters. Round glass lapis beads are about 12 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is a substantial 132 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components original and intact. All faux pearls retain nacre and luster. All faux lapis beads / cabs intact and free from chips, nicks, cracks or breaks. All connections secure. No pulls or bends. Cage beads retain shape with no crush or collapse. Clasp snug and secure. Minimal, age consistent, wear. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of clasp is signed within an oval cartouche: "ALICE CAVINESS". The necklace dates circa 1960s.
The perfect compliment. Created by Caviness. Available at Cody's.
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