This stunning Topaz crystal necklace and long maxi dangle earrings is a Vendome designer set. Made in the 1950s and obviously designed by Helen Marion, the unique Topaz crystals on the necklace are elongated hexagonal cross cut bicones or trapezoids that shimmer in blazing golden yellow hues.
Artistically expressive designs, such as this set, was the main reason for Vendome's great success. Of all the various colored crystal necklaces made by Vendome, this elegant single strand Topaz necklace is of the hardest to find, especially with such unusual trapezoid crystals. A top designer line of Coro, Vendome was well known for the use of high quality Austrian crystals.
The trapezoid like Topaz crystals range in size from 13 mm to 16 mm long. The crystals are strung together by gold plated wire loops and tube beads. Spaced along the chain are Topaz crystal bicone saucer beads as well.
If you are a collector, you will be thrilled to know that this necklace has never been worn and retains two original paper hang tags. One tag is the signed Vendome paper tag and the other is the Vendome Fleur de Lis logo tag. The necklace is not signed on the clasp, and the earrings are not signed on the clips.
The long dangle earrings feature large Topaz bicones with gold metal filigree bell caps at the tops. Separated by long slender gold metal tube beads, the top of the earrings are finished with faceted round Topaz crystals; two round crystals per earring. The earrings are clips and they are the slender lever style that are comfortable to wear.
The necklace is 20 1/4" long or 50.6 cm. If you would like to make the necklace a little bit longer, you can add a gold metal extension chain below.
A 3" extension would allow you to hook the necklace anywhere between 20 1/4" to 23 1/4" and a 4" extension chain could be hooked between 20 1/4" to 24 1/4". The maxi length dangle earrings are 3" or 7.5 cm long. The impressive Topaz bicones on the earrings are 15 mm.
As I said before, this set has never been worn and the entire set is in fabulous microscopically clean condition. The gold metal is polished and bright and there is no gold metal wear anywhere. The clips on the earrings are like new as well. I have examined all of the crystals under a 6" lighted magnifying glass and some pin pricks on scattered facets can be seen here and there on the crystals; signs of light handling and something not visible unless examined up close.