Gorgeous spectacular necklace and matching earrings set by very high end costume jeweler Nettie Rosenstein. Marked and executed in sterling silver with a wash of rose gold vermeil, this set features a beautiful swirl pendant necklace on a substantial chain and perfectly matching earrings.
The neckalce chain measures approximate 15 to 15.25 inches in length. Washed in the rose gold vermeil, it is a chunkier style chain and there is a 'sterling' stamp found on the large jump ring. It will certainly fit a slender neck but a necklace extender should do the job for everyone else. The swirl pendant or central medallion is large and measures about 2" by 2". There are 12 'arms' or swirls tipped in a clear white crystal rhinestone. The center stone is a large fuschia or hot pink opaque cabochon stone surrounded by little clear white crystals. Fanning out behind the center decoration is an etched leaf design, very pretty.
The matching earrings feature the exact same center design as the necklace. Each earring measures 1.25" by 1.25", so they are a nice size. The center pink stones measure 12mm by 10mm, same size as the necklace main stone.
Overall condition is good pre-owned with visible tarnish on front and back but especially on the back of the necklace pendant. The little white crystals are in pretty good shape with a couple turning dull over the years. The clips on the earrings are good and the earrings show the same tarnishing on the vermeil as the necklace. These yummy sterling sets command the highest prices even with the metal wear and this is no exception. Highly sought after, the Rosenstein sterling sets can sell in the high hundreds to over one thousand dollars.
The history of the Nettie Rosenstein line is very interesting. Running from approximately 1935 to 1975, she was known for her high end fashions and costume jewelry, especially known for starting the little black dress phenomenon and was the designer for Mamie Eisenhowers 1953 inaugural gown. Her dresses were only available in very high end stores like Bonwit Teller and Neiman Marcus. Her jewelry was very popular especially her sterling vermeil line. She was nicknamed "Miss Rosie" and was born in 1890 in Austria. She came to the US in the early 20th century and settled in New York City. She died in 1980 having lived 90 years.
Thank you for looking and please note I will entertain offers on this set. Generous interest free layaway plans are available as well.
Vintage NETTIE ROSENSTEIN Demi Parure in Sterling Vermeil