GlitzQueen Antique and Vintage Jewelry
All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1940 item #1304705
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Here's a vision of sugarplums, for sure! Our whopping 50-inch necklace is made of candy-colored beads shaped like salt water taffy logs! However, this luscious strand of sweetness is far from a typical seaside souvenir. It's a high-end piece featuring artfully cut and polished natural agates that weigh nearly 83 grams (414 carats). Their shades evoke the flavors of banana, blueberry, cherry, lime, grape and huckleberry. Each about 3/4 of an inch long, they're individually knotted like fine pearls, on thread so sturdy I'd call it twine if it were nubby. Being smooth, this soft cocoa-colored fiber seems comparable to the heavy wool floss used for crewelwork embroidery. The stones' sheen is so pronounced that a special finish may have been applied, plus possibly hand-painted accents.

Given that the necklace is of such high quality, my speculation is that it was a honeymoon gift to a bride who stayed at one of the grand Atlantic beach resorts operating from late Victorian times through the Edwardian and Art Deco eras. That was also the heyday of salt water taffy -- so many a new husband surely gave "sweets to the sweet" in the form of jewelry concocted by clever local artisans.

We date the jewel circa 1925-1935 and a clasp right for the period is present -- although, on a strand more than four feet long, you'll probably never use it. Clearly, this is a necklace that will go beautifully with anything and it can be looped double or triple to suit any neckline. Provenance is a Massachusetts estate.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1900 item #1275481
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$130
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A pretty match for our extra-long, antique branch coral necklace, this bracelet is also remarkable for the quality of its coral. Almost all recent coral is dyed (and looks it). Sources of good natural coral are just about played out, so it's hard to get without choosing antique, or at least very seriously vintage, items.

Here we have the real thing and a lot of it (129 carats). The bracelet hails from a California estate, but would have originated in Italy, where red coral was harvested in profusion until the early years of the 20th century. This is the type produced mainly around Torre del Greco: lovely red spezzati (coral branches) with a small white vein through the center. At some time long ago, a neutral polish was added for shine; under very high magnification, a few tiny patches of it look whitish from wear at contact points, so we know it has no effect on the coral's color.

Based on the clasp, a sterling swivel hook, the bracelet was restrung around 1950. Changing to a Victorian gilded "beehive" screw clasp or small fish-hook would be well worth doing. Length is about 7.75 inches now, too large for many women, but a significant amount of length would easily be removed with the oversized clasp.

To see the 32-inch, 385-carat coral necklace that goes well (though not perfectly) with this - and a delightful pair of earrings, too - just enter "branch coral" in the search box. If interested in more than one piece, please get in touch and we'll work out special pricing for you.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1900 item #1275470
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$395
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Spezzati or branch coral, so beloved by the Victorians and Edwardians, is making fashion news again. This is a particularly lush example of the form, beautifully vivid and bristling with branches. It weighs in at an impressive 385 carats and is 33 inches long! To achieve this dramatic scale, we actually combined two shorter 19th century estate strands - retaining this wonderful old barrel clasp in beehive shape, although there's no need to open it. Besides its remarkable size, it's fashioned from the good old Mediterranean stuff, harvested off Italy in the 19th century and earlier. Virtually all newer coral is Japanese and dyed.

You'd have to look a long time for a spezzati necklace as spectacular as this one -- and our price is quite a bargain. Elsewhere online, a necklace of comparable coral quality, but only 21 inches long and about 200 carats in weight is being offered (on sale) at about the same price as s ours.

UPDATE: We've added antique earrings and a bracelet that are a lovely (though not absolutely perfect) match for the necklace. To see those, just enter "branch coral" in the search box. If interested in more than one piece, please let us know and we can work out pricing that's even more special for you.

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All Items : Estate Jewelry : Strands : Jewels : Pre 1940 item #1063037
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Their rich mix of colors makes these Art Deco beads extra-special, as do the varied stone cuts and link types. It all adds up to a wonderfully unexpected and festive look, and a necklace that will go with just about anything.

The 29 prettily faceted faux-gems are of a quality that suggests Czech origin. They include ovals of blue topaz, squares of amethyst and olivine, rounds of amber and chunky rectangles of smoky topaz, all set in gilt brass frames with beaded detail. The connecting links of gilt brass feature both rounds and "paperclip" ovals.

Total length is about 35 inches, so the clasp is superfluous, unless you want to wrap the strand around your neck several times.

Provenance is an estate in Florida (the great Deco mecca) and condition is lovely, showing only age-appropriate darkening of the metal and, under magnification, minor surface wear. Probable dating would be late 1920s or early 1930s, making the necklace antique by American 75-year standards, not just vintage.

There's no charge for insured U.S. shipping, with an equivalent discount on international delivery, and gift wrap is always free when desired. Please e-mail erinharris@comcast.net to confirm availability, order or request more photos. Thanks for looking!