The art of fine faux. Marcel Boucher, through his tenure at Cartier and Mazer Brothers (Mazer / Jomaz), perfected the illusion so convincingly one had to look twice to tell the difference. His early work mastered the craft with exquisite, high quality rhinestones, similar setting techniques used in fine jewelry, expensive rhodium plating mimicking platinum, and the oft used rhinestone set integrated clasps. Designs were scaled to size, lending an even higher probability of the "real thing". Along with some of the early Mazer and Trifari pieces, Boucher's portfolio featured elegant and refined costume jewelry, fitted and constructed to the highest standards. If you have to take a second look -- it may be Marcel.
The collar necklace presented, circa 1951-1954, in luxurious rhodium plate, features bilateral chains set with wide baguettes. At center slightly bowed ribbony garlands swirl, set with pave rhinestones, baguettes and tapered baguettes. Ribbons peak at bottom. Updated belle epoch -- Boucher style.
The necklace is a fixed approximate 13 1/4 inches with rhinestone set fold over clasp. Decorative center spans about 2 1/2 inches x 1 3/16 inches at it's widest or longest point. Bilateral chain baguettes are approximately 5 millimeters x 3 millimeters. Weight of the necklace is about 24 grams.
Condition is excellent vintage. All components intact. All rhinestones intact and brilliant. Rhinestones remain clear and clean. All rhodium plate intact, front and back. Shape retained with no dents, improper bends, crush or collapse. All soldering neat and secure. Clasp strong and secure. Extremely clean. No damage / no repairs. Excellent vintage.
Reverse of ribbon peaks are signed lightly but visibly: "BOUCHER" no copyright symbol with the inventory or design number "5539". The necklace dates circa 1951-1954,
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