Four strands of natural coral beads held together by a filigree sterling silver clasp comprise this Art Deco necklace. The color of the beads is rich, with slight, interesting variations and there are no broken, chipped or cracked pieces that I can see. Believed to stave off disease and thus secure longevity, coral was favored in jewelry production for centuries. Judging from the way this necklace wears and looks, I am not surprised that coral is still highly valued and collected. Measuring 15 1/2" long (wearable; length of the shortest strand) our necklace has beads that are just shy of 1/4" in diameter while all four strands laid side by side reach a width of 7/8". Marked "STERLING" and also having a maker's mark on the clasp it dates in the 1920s-40s and is in excellent vintage condition with no damage noted, very good color in the coral beads, with a beautifully ornate clasp that works as it should.