1930s Art Deco Czech Molded Flower Contrasting Glass Necklace
Excellent condition. Fresh looking, soft wear is noticeable only on close inspection.
* Brass setting has a golden patina with a slight amount of darkening and soft surface wear.
* Glass is gleaming with no chips or surface wear, molded design is crisp.
* Clasp is secure and original - jump ring is a replacement and not original.
Width Just under 5/8"
Mark No mark
Weight 34 grams
Material Brass, glass
Made by hand or in small groups of similar styles, vintage jewelry is individualistic with its own special history.
* Molded floral design in black and white glass is made to simulate carved onyx and ivory.
* Slightly domed and oval shaped cabochons extend for full length of chain for a seamless and dynamic look.
* Excellent condition showcases the design detail and quality of construction.
On Czech Glass. Czech or bohemian glass created from the end of the Victorian era through the mid-century was world-renowned for its unprecedented resemblance to natural gemstones. Skilled craftsman from the region engineered new methods of cutting and coloring glass to simulate the look of rubies, diamonds, emeralds, sapphires, and more. In addition, Czech glass jewelry makers were highly trained in the metalwork for the settings around the glass. The Czech region produced so many different styles (all of superb quality) that Czech glass pieces have become their own collectable category.
On Glass Made to Simulate Gemstones. Glass has long been used by jewelers to simulate natural gemstones. For instance, during the Georgian era, black dot paste is a term that refers to a style of glass that was made to simulate the sparkle of natural diamonds. But in the 1940s, the use of glass to simulate gemstones ramped up more than ever before. World War II constrained both fine materials and pocketbooks, so more and more designers (including high-end designers) focused on glass to re-create the distinctive properties of different gems. High-end designers thus began making costume glass jewelry - but with the same attention to detail, high craftsmanship, and design skill that was applied to fine jewelry.