Thursday, January 17, 2013

Pink White Vintage Pearl Necklace w Gold Foil Glass Beads 1960s Jewelry $85

Pink White Vintage Pearl Necklace w Gold Foil Glass Beads 1960s Jewelry


For the past 35 years, I have loved to collect and wear vintage Japanese pearl necklaces, especially designs that have one particular design element that reflects a certain element of jewelry history.

The triple strand necklace is a delightful combination of round and baroque pearls in light pink and white, some with fancy silver filigree bell caps...but it is the other beads I want to talk about.

Do you see the white glass rounds with the gold and copper foil inlay ?

These are old 1950s foil inlay glass beads, made by the Japanese of course, but they didn't invent it. They were copying styles of Venetian glass beads from Italy...and they did it extremely well. The boxy honey gold twist beads are porcelain with 24kt gold piping : a style that was also borrowed from the Italians. The glowing yellow beads are acrylic, have three sides, and are called pinch beads : also copied from Venetian glass beads.

In some of my other jewelry descriptions, I've talked about how the Japanese killed Hong Kong, Korea, and the Philippines in jewelry exports and this is how they did it : they made very time consuming copies of beads from Europe, namely Italy. This is also a reason why no one in Japan produces jewelry like this today : the beads are too time consuming and expensive to make. So China, with their cheap junk, killed Japanese jewelry exports sometime in the late 1960s. I tell you this because it is something that once was, that will never be again, and is part of jewelry history.

With the matching pearl extension chain, the necklace can be hooked up to 20" or 51 cm long. The entire necklace is in sparkling clean condition with no imperfections or flaws. All of the beads are clean and bright with no scratches, chips, or cracks. The hook is signed Japan.

Comes gift wrapped and shipped in new luxury presentation necklace box.
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