Lapis & Chrome German 1930s Necklace
16 7/8" x 1/2" (center bead)
Very good (see description)
None (Bengel pieces were not signed)
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 maker’s pieces were 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 necklace. Scroll down to see bracelets that coordinate with this piece.
Vintage Bracelets, 1930s Jewelry, Unsigned JewelryThis chrome bracelet features a trio of curved, polished-chrome links that alternate with five rows of textured links. This piece, with a concealed clasp, is another example of Machine Age design that was inspired by radio or car grills. I think this wonderful and unusual bracelet is European in origin. It goes with everything, and it's perfect for a woman who looks best in cool colors!$ 195
Vintage Bracelets, 1930s Jewelry, Unsigned JewelryThe lapis (glass?) stones set in sterling silver with marcasite links are an interesting shape and color. The 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 pieces produced in Germany before World War II. This lovely jewel closes with a concealed clasp with a safety catch. Scroll down to see complementary blue Art Deco pieces.$ 395
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.$ 195