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Bold MARVELLA Pearls Necklace Earring Set 1940-50

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Bold MARVELLA Pearls Necklace Earring Set 1940-50
Perfect with the new ladylike fashions, this dazzling vintage demi-parure from Marvella features whopping faux-pearl beads on a strand about 17 inches long, plus gorgeous dangle earclips 1 1/2 inches long. The company, established in 1911, focused on simulated pearls after 1940 and became quite famous for them. Most are classic, smaller glass pearls, but the dramatic scale of this particular set shows a strong Modernist influence. I'm certain it dates from the 1940s or very early 1950s, since it's actually been in my own family since then.

Each piece is signed Marvella on the attractive rhodium-plated necklace hook and earring clips characteristic of the firm. Provenance is a Texas estate and condition is very nice, though not perfect. Under high magnification, surface flaking can be seen on a few beads and their metal connectors. Since the thread has stretched a bit, restringing the beads would be a wise idea, although they're perfectly wearable as they are. Length of the necklace can be adjusted by about 2 1/4 inches, depending on where the hook is placed along a "tail" of smaller beads at the back.

No other Marvella jewelry I've found online is comprised of enormous faux-pearls like these, so this set must be rather rare. Certainly, it's highly collectible, as the company has been out of business for decades. Signed Marvella jewels are sure to continue increasing in value.

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