Smooth and faceted onyx glass beads are highlighted by marbled-white and cream beads shaped like pebbles in this elegant 1950s necklace by Hattie Carnegie. A large, round, faceted black glass bead-topped tongue-in-groove clasp holds together the three strands. The color combination is versatile and timeless. Carnegie’s glass beads were among the best!
Pairs of textured, silver-tone leaves hold faceted oval onyx glass stones in this 1950s necklace by Elsa Schiaparelli. Leaves were one of her favorite motifs, and this piece aptly illustrates how well she designed them. This necklace, with its textured links, closes with an adjustable hook and decorative tail. The matching bracelet and earrings are also available -- scroll down to see them.
This blue and green glass bead 1950s necklace is another example of Hattie Carnegie's extraordinary flare with beads. Here most beads are bi-color. The shapes and sizes vary, and the predominant colors are interspersed with white and clear beads and clear crystal spacers. This necklace has substantial weight and an adjustable hook-and-tail clasp.
The combination of sapphire glass stones with blue and white enameled chevrons make this chrome 1930s Art Deco necklace extraordinary. It closes with a spring-ring clasp. All of the enamel is present and in great shape. Any blank spaces are simply the glare from the lights needed for the photos. This necklace looks lovely with the sapphire Art Deco pieces shown below — scroll down to take a look.
Lapis glass beads separated by decorative chrome links and a center Galalith(?) bead with chrome end caps form this German Machine Age necklace. The same piece in other colors has been attributed to Bengel by a British expert. This necklace closes with a spring-ring clasp, which may be a replacement (it is brass in color). The center bead has a minor flaw that probably occurred during manufacture. This small imperfection does not detract from the beauty or wearability of this necklace. Scroll down to see earrings and bracelets that coordinate with this piece.