Lapis Bead Necklace with Chrome
16 7/8" x 1/2" (center bead)
Very good (see description)
None (Bengel pieces were not signed)
This lapis and chrome necklace in a 1930s German Machine Age design was probably made by Jakob Bengel. It has glass beads separated by decorative chrome links and a center Galalith(?) bead with chrome end caps. The same piece in other colors has been attributed to Bengel by a British expert. (This maker’s jewelry was never signed.) 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 jewel. Scroll down to see coordinating bracelets. Perfect adornments for those who wear cool colors.
- ArchivesThis lapis stone bracelet set in sterling with marcasite-embellished links is an elegant piece. The elongated hexagon-shaped stones may look more like sodalite than lapis lazuli, because they don’t have the brassy specks usually found in the latter. Whatever the case, the color is fabulous, and the workmanship is typical of the high-quality and unusual jewelry produced in Germany before World War II. This lovely piece closes with a concealed clasp with a safety catch. Scroll down to see complimentary blue Art Deco pieces.USD$395.00
- Vintage Bracelets, 1930s Jewelry, Unsigned JewelryThis chrome bracelet features a trio of curved, polished links, inspired by radio or car grills. They alternate with five rows of textured links in the tank-track pattern. This piece, with a concealed clasp, is a great example of Machine Age design that incorporates two motifs of the style. I think this wonderful and unusual bracelet is European in origin. It goes with everything, and it's perfect for a woman who likes to wear cool colors! Scroll down to see several colorful coordinating pieces.USD$225.00
- Vintage Bracelets, 1930s Jewelry, WMF JewelryAn unusual example of vintage German jewelry, this silver link Machine Age bracelet was made by Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik (WMF). This German company is best known for its Art Nouveau and Art Deco silver-plated tableware. This silver-plated link bracelet from the Ikora line closes with a concealed clasp. The warm patina is the result of the oxidation process the jewelry department used in its manufacturing. This wonderful bracelet is attractive, yet neutral enough to be worn with a variety of attire for a range of day and evening activities. Scroll down to see some Machine Age necklaces to wear with this piece.USD$245.00