Thursday, October 25, 2012

Antique Necklace RARE Opalescent Glass w Lapis 1930s Jewelry


The glowing opalescnet glass beads on this necklace are very rare. They were made in Gablonz in the 1930s and are called Muzzle beads. The beads are elongated shapes, pinched at the middle, creating a figure 8 look.

The centers of bead manufacturing in the mountains of Bavaria/Thuringia/Bohemia/Silesia were united by such strong family links that it is not always easy to distinguish among them. However, to merely name all beads and jewelry from this area as "Bohemian"- as often happens - is certainly too general.

The glass prodcuts of Gablonz and the Iser Mountains in North Bohemia surpassed all other areas in the mid-nineteenth century. One very special type of glass manufacturing Gablonz was greatly appreciated for was their variety of opalescent glass beads.

I have owned this nekclace for a very long time; at least 40 years. It has never been worn and the necklace consists of trio clusters of opalescent glass muzzle beads, spaced with oval disks of Lapis Lazuli gems.

As I never trust old necklace cords, the necklace has been restrung on Acculon, or teflon coated stainless steel wire. You never has to worry about the strand breaking and all your precious opalescent glass beads flying into oblivion.

The necklace is finished with an easy to use sterling silver lobster clasp. The necklace is 22" or 56 cm long. The muzzle beads are 12 mm long and the lapis disks are 14 mm long. All of the beads and gems are in prisitne sparkling clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. There are no chips, cracks, or flaws of any kind.

Comes gift wrapped an shipped in a new luxury presentation necklace box.
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