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1960s Luciana Italy Necklace: Glass Alexandrite Stones

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Costume: Designer: Pre 1970: Item # 805800
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Baltimore, MD 21212

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Unsigned Italian necklace, probably by Baroness Luciana Aloisi de Reutern, who designed for Gucci and Elizabeth Arden and also exported directly to the United States. Circa 1965. It has dimensional "molten" looking articulated sections with a hook and chain at the back, and brilliant very large glass stones in aqua, chartreuse, and yellow. The emerald cut stones are unfoiled and openbacked. The photos do not capture the brilliance and quality of the stones. Several of the emerald cut stones at the top are faux alexandrite and change from blue to lavender depending on the light. The metal is goldtone with a uniformly darkened finish. The surface of the metal is very finely textured. There are small regular marks on some of the chain links; they may say Italy; I have another very similar Luciana necklace listed which is clearly marked Italy.

Wearable length is 15 inches. 1 3/8 inches wide at center. Excellent condition. Photos enlarged to show detail.