The pendant is 0.75" long by 1" wide. Closure/Clasp Type: Sliding Box Clasp. Notable Features: This necklace was completely handmade in China during the Art Deco Period. It is a single strand made up of Melon Moonstone Glass beads, which are a beautiful clear bead with a glowing blue iridescent hue.
The beads were hand strung and double knotted on a blue-dyed silk double string. The pendant is a beautiful blue molded glass disc, bracketed on either side by a Gold Washed Sterling Silver rope twist bead, and a smooth, opaque blue glass bead.The clasp is Gold Washed Sterling Silver with a very pretty floral filigree design, just another bit of detail that showcases the craftsmanship that went into this piece. This gorgeous necklace is similar to the Pool of Light style, and would add a bit of luminous elegance to any outfit. One of the beads has lost color over the years- the price has been adjusted to reflect this.
Please take this into consideration before. This beautiful piece comes from the Art Deco Era! The Art Deco Era is famous for being the "Gatsby" or "Roaring Twenties" Era. Many gorgeous and timeless designs in jewelry came out of this period.During the Art Deco Period jewelers often made jewelry upon custom order, this would often take weeks to months to completely craft by hand. Chinese export jewelry became popular during the late Victorian Period and lasted until the 1960's. In a lot of ways, Chinese export jewelry fashioned what we know of jewelry today.
During these periods, Chinese craftsmen, including jewelers and stone cutters, were considered by far the best in the world. The wealthy would have a piece custom-ordered through their local jeweler.
The jeweler then drafted a design which was sent to China to be hand-crafted and sent back. As you can imagine, this process was not cheap.
It resulted in rare pieces and only few have survived until today. Popular beginning from the Victorian Period and well into the Art Deco Period, Pools of Light Necklaces were originally inspired by the Chinoiserie Style. This style incorporated Chinese Motifs such as lanterns.One of the most notable features about these necklaces is that they are generally made of clear rock crystal orbs. This material has the most transparency, which fulfills the purpose of a Pools of Light Necklace. The optical spectacle achieved is that the curve of their sphere shape works like a flipped lens, and thus give an upside-down depiction of whatever is behind it.
Essentially, less obstruction within the sphere results in a clearer visible image. There are many beaded necklaces which have a similar convex lens effect, and take after the idea behind these Pools of Lights Necklaces.
Filigree metal working has been around for thousands of years, however was perfected by the Phoenicians and Etruscan civilizations. It involves stamping out a design in your metal and hand bending and twirling until your design in formed, it is considered one of the most difficult metal working processes. During The Art Deco & Art Nouveau Era's Moonstone was brought into jewelry by designers such as Tiffany's & Rene Lalique. Moonstone is often symbolized with the moon due to the Opalescent hue that it gives off that reminds the viewer of the moon peering through a thin layer of clouds. Rene Lalique is a name synonymous with the world of jewelry, consistently ranked as one of the most influential if not the most influential jewelry of the last couple hundred of years.
Lalique jewelry first started in the Art Nouveau Period and gained popularity during this Era. His use of Iridescent glass, much like Tiffany & Co combined with his organic and beautiful designs brought Lalique to be a house hold name throughout the world during this Era.
The item "Antique Vintage Deco Sterling Silver Chinese Melon Moonstone Glass Bead Necklace" is in sale since Sunday, October 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.