When living in Europe, I learned to call the tiniest of glass beads "sugar crystals" -- not a term that's used much in the States, but it's wonderfully descriptive. Here they comprise a necklace that's an absolute confection of raspberry pink encased in clear crystals, woven into a thick rope and finished with beaded tassels.
It's fashioned in the open lariat form favored in Edwardian and early Art Deco times, when clothing became much lighter and less restrictive and people liked their jewels to move more freely, too. It can be knotted, looped several times around your neck or worn very long, swinging below waist length. You can even use it as a belt or hair adornment. We often speak of open-ended necklaces as sautoirs, but technically that's a reference to length (40 inches or longer).
Provenance of this beauty is a Midwestern estate, but the exquisite glass is certainly European (French or Bohemian). Condition is so fine that you have to search hard for any signs of surface wear. The only oddity is one teensy dark bead, which must have been woven into the rope on purpose; perhaps it served as a certain maker's signature.
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