Perfect with the pink and other pastel fashions so stylish now, this luscious necklace looks like a lei of frangipani flowers. While it seems fresh from the islands, it's actually a vintage jewel from West Germany -- source of many of our loveliest 1950s designs. The words West Germany and the letter W (possibly M) are stamped in a circle on the back of its pretty beaded clasp. As you may know, West German jewelry is highly prized for its fine and innovative craftsmanship, and prices have been steadily rising since German reunification in 1990. There will never be more of these goodies, so we'd all be wise to stock up while the getting's still good.
This beauty, designed much in the Haskell spirit, is comprised of faceted petal-shaped beads grouped into stylized blossoms, separated by tiny bugle beads and accents. It's all Lucite, shimmering like crystal, with a smattering of clear beads amid the pink to add extra sparkle. Length is about 17 inches, when fastened -- but can double that, if you take the clasp loose to wear the necklace as a single strand, instead of two (in which case the clasp blends in beautifully).
Condition is so lovely that it takes high magnification to see any wear to the beads; only age-appropriate loss of gilding on the back the clasp and its push-in fastener is more apparent. The necklace seems to have been recently restrung, a plus for safety's sake. Provenance is a Pennsylvania estate.
BTW, if you like this, be sure to see our vintage pink lucite dangle earrings. These pieces would be show-stopping together, if you dare!
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