1930s Art Deco Sterling Silver Natural Onyx Carnelian Geometric Necklace
During the 1930's Germany made an abundance of jewelry using sterling silver and natural gemstones and this Art Deco necklace is grand example. With a silhouette that achieves both a timeless and modern style, it is finely crafted with a slinky and cool feel as the links lay flush and adjust to your neckline when worn. Contrasting colored and shaped, natural carnelian and onyx stones are expertly cut and faceted for both a flat sheen of color as well as a glimmer around their edges. A hidden box clasp allows for continuity of design and a seamless look at the back of the neck, even when you wear your hair up.
Condition Guide Excellent. This piece is fresh looking and must have been tucked away and well taken care of, or worn infrequently.
* The silver has a bright patina with very little surface wear and no dents or misshapen spots.
* The natural carnelian and onyx is smooth and gleaming without any chipping or surface wear.
* There are no irregularities to the setting or signs of solder or repair and the piece has a firm shape.
Size 15 1/2"
Mark "sterling" on the clasp
Clasp Secure, and original
Weight 34 grams
Material Sterling silver, natural carnelian and onyx
On Art Deco. Art Deco is one of the first truly international styles, that influenced the design of buildings, furniture, fashion and of course, jewelry. The movement was given a name from the international exposition of Arts Decoratifs et Industriels Modernes, that was held in Paris in 1925 and largely dedicated to the jewelry arts. Born out of ideas of modernism and the Industrial Age, this manifested into designs that used Cubism's bold abstraction and rectilinear shapes and combined them with intricate patterning, bold color and symmetry. High-end jewelry design houses like Cartier and Boucheron set the trends in gold and gemstones, which were then emulated by costume jewelry companies in glass or perhaps plastics, and brought to the masses.
On Unique Shapes. Gemstones are time consuming to cut, requiring a high degree of skill from a trained craftsman, and glass cabochons can be equally complicated to manufacture on a large scale while keeping costs down. These constraints are only a few of the reasons you often see similar shapes of stones used in jewelry. When an unusual shape or cut is used, the manufacturer has made a decision to make something different. Look for out-of-the-ordinary shapes, like the demilune for example, for a striking look as well as a unique find.