I keep picturing this treasure with a vintage wedding gown, but of course it would look divine with anything. Tiny white glass beads, the kind often called "sugar crystals," were strung and intricately braided together to form it. The woven area, which tapers from an inch wide at the front to 3/4 of an inch at the back is not quite 14 inches long and the present fastening system adds 5/8 of an inch, for a total of about 14 1/2 inches. At some time, the original fastener must have broken, since necklaces of this style usually have end caps. Now it finishes with a larger bead on one side and the C-ring clasp with jump rings on the other. If you install end caps, you could easily extend the length at the same time with chain -- or skip adding the clasp entirely and use ribbons.
The shade of white isn't snowy, but isn't as dark as cream; ivory would best describe it, but think of a pale ivory. Interestingly, one teensy bead well back in the pattern is of transparent green glass. This is clearly a deliberate inclusion, so likely signified the maker or was meant as a good luck token. This bead doesn't have to show, because that side of the necklace can face the skin.
Provenance of this exquisitely crafted heirloom is an East Coast estate and probable dating would be 1930s or 1940s.
We recently acquired a bracelet that's a marvelous match with the choker. Its beads are a bit pearlier -- a slightly iridescent white -- but the difference wouldn't be noticed, since the pattern and overall effect are the same. Part of the fastener is marked Czechoslov, and probably both necklace and bracelet are Czech; the hardware is identical, except that the bracelet has end caps. If you're interested in the pair, let us know and we can work out special pricing.
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