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Early Deco Necklace Sterling and Pink Tourmaline Paste

Early Deco Necklace Sterling and Pink Tourmaline Paste

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Directory: Estate Jewelry: Silver: Deco: Pre 1920: Item # 1227424
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Here's an antique necklace that couldn't be more heavenly with all the pink and other pastel fashions so popular now! It's also quite an important transitional piece, blending sleek Art Deco geometry (an influence on jewelry from around 1910), with the delicate refinement and soft color of Edwardian jewels and even -- in its all-around "fringe" of jeweled drops -- the archeological mood carried forward from Late Victorian times.

Purchased by its former owner at a Swiss antiques shop about 45 years ago, the necklace features metalwork of hallmarked Sterling silver and artfully cut pink tourmaline pastes from Eastern Europe, where Bohemia (Czechoslovakia after World War I) had been known for superb glass since the medieval era. While the necklace could have been fashioned before the First World War -- making it technically Austro-Hungarian -- we're dating it slightly afterward, circa 1920, based on the spring-ring clasp.

Eighteen inches long, a graceful length for everyone, it weighs more than 24 grams, so there's nothing flimsy about it. Its heft makes it drape beautifully, of course, and the medium pink blush of the crystals will flatter any complexion.

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