There is a reason why Elsa Schiaparelli is held in such esteem today throughout the fashion world. One look at this necklace, circa 1940's, and the explanation is obvious. Schiaparelli was a fashion icon who had a significant presence in the fashion industry between the world wars. She had an "anything goes" attitude and was influenced by the Surrealist and Dada movements. Yet she also produced fine costume jewelry displaying great design and timeless style. This faux "lariat" necklace is an example of this. It exudes elegance and sophistication and yet it is classic in design and style. It consists of a double strand of shiny gold tone mesh that is designed to look like a lariat but it isn't. It isn't what it seems because, unlike a lariat, it has a back closure. One side of the double mesh goes through a loop on the other side and culminates into two "nugget" type accents that dangle at the end. These nuggets are decorated with deep striations and have a filigree cap and a round "bead" on the bottom. These accent pieces are bulbous and are a puffy teardrop shape. The other side of the necklace, as previously mentioned has a large loop at its end and there is a decorative flat "ring" which simulates that part of a lariat that moves up and down on the strand. THis one does not move and has a flat back. The back closes with a hook closure and there is an extender chain that culminates in a decorative ball. Schiaparelli is marked in an oval cartouche on the back. THe necklace measures 14' in length, 17 3/4" including the extender and 3/4"w. The decorative bulbs extend approximately 4" below the necklace. THe necklace is in great shape. There is a slight "kink" in the mesh in the back which is not really noticeable from the front. There have been many lariats designed by many designers. However, just one look at this one, and you know that this necklace was created by someone with great talent and taste. It is set apart from the others. That's a Schiaparelli piece......... Condition: Excellent VINTAGE Condition
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