Longer strand with clasp: 16 1/2"; shorter strand with clasp: 15 1/4"; largest bead: 1/2"
"MADE IN FRANCE"
Graduated beads in a soft green glass with swirls of color form this two-strand French 1950s necklace that is undoubtedly by Louis Rousselet. (As you may know, few of his pieces were signed directly on the jewelry – instead, a paper hang tag was used.) The clasp, which is the type he typically used, is topped with his well-known button-shaped bead. This necklace from my personal collection was recently professionally restrung. And best of all, I actually have a pair of Art Deco earrings with matching green glass beads – scroll down to see them. These pieces look fabulous together!
These fabulous Czech Art Deco chandelier earrings are fashioned from green glass beads with white striations, brass chains, and diamanté-embellished brass ornaments. The original screw-backs were converted to sterling silver posts for pierced ears by my expert jeweler. I bought these long earrings for my personal collection. To my astonishment, the beads match the green in my Green Bead 2-Strand 1950s Necklace by Louis Rousselet and look great together! Scroll down to see the necklace.
The glass beads in this 1950s 2-strand choker by Hattie Carnegie look like blue from a distance, but they are actually pale blue, white and clear all in the same bead! In between the beads are twisted gold-tone spacers. The necklace has an adjustable hook-and-tail clasp. Scroll down to see a pair of Carnegie earrings that coordinates well with this necklace.
Gold-plated fretwork embellished with baguette-shaped diamanté form the center of this lovely 1950s snake chain necklace by Coro. A pear-shaped diamanté adorns the tail of the hook closure. This piece is another great example of the work Adolph Katz produced for Corocraft, Coro's high-end line. What's interesting is that this piece appears in an October 1, 1953 Vogue ad with the following copy: "excitingly beautiful as Paris by night ... Vendome by Coro". (Vendome later became another one of the company's high-end lines.)
Although it's unsigned, this 1930s Mauerwerk(brickwork) necklace has been well-documented as a JakobBengel piece. It features green and black enamel on chrome with an attractive link chain and a spring-ring clasp. This German Machine Age necklace is extremely flexible and can be worn on either side. Scroll down to see the same necklace in red and black.
Clusters of blue opaque glass beads and rectangular brass links form this fun 1920s Art Deco necklace. It has lots of movement and is great for casual and office wear. This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp.