Incredible regal Countess CIS necklace fit for a queen! Different size crystal paste stones cascading down set in her standard opened quill pen like setting. As also expected, the metal is japaned soldered onto the same color metal chain so there is contrast between the stones and metal. It has a push in clasp to the reverse and dates to sometime in the 1960s.
It measures about 18” around the neckline and just under 2" down the front middle crystal length when worn. The crystal paste stones are nice and white and all accounted for, there some wear to the metal on the back as expected from a jewel of this age, just from previous use. This would have been a very high end jewel from her shop in France and a couture piece. It is in good vintage condition, the push in clasp is very silver and may be a replacement, it clips in and holds in place fine. The earrings have a similar setting to the necklace but with blue glass stone centers. It is a good match to it, but not a parure. I am including them with the necklace as they can be worn together and looking stunning. They will be included in the nice silk lined necklace box so they can be displayed when not worn.
Despite the fact that it is costume, her jewelry was always made of quality materials and therefore coveted by collectors today; especially the grander necklaces, like this one. And even though we find this type of setting in many of her jewels, something this spectacular is likely a one of a kind piece. So who knows if one exactly like it will be found again anytime soon. I could not find a signature on it, but there is no question that it's her work. Rare, beautiful, French and very regal looking but still wearable today for that special occasion or formal evening out.