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Elisabethan's loves421 of 5606Elio Schiavon sculptural vaseLoetz Vesuvian, PN Unknown, DEK I/264, ca. 1901
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    Posted 11 months ago

    highlander56
    (69 items)

    Well, just bought this last week because it was strange. Oddities are a challenge research-wise, but they keep me entertained. Plus, I’m partial to brass having spent a lot of my childhood helping my Dad polish buttons, bars, anything shiny on his uniforms when he was in the Army. I’m never without a can of Brasso.

    So, when this came in the mail I was thrilled at the thought of pulling out the Brasso and polishing it up. Then decided not to. Rats!

    The necklace measures about 15”. It’s heavy...whether that’s from the brass or crystals, I don’t know. It is strung on brass chain. It looks to me like old watch gears are used as spacers between the large crystals, while tiny brass beads are used between the small crystals. There are crystals on the front side and back side of the “gears” so there isn’t a front or back when putting on. The “gears” make an interesting frame for the crystals. The clasp has a small well-worn flower design on one side.

    As for the crystals, I’m really not sure what they are. They aren’t lucite or plastic. There is a small chip in one of them. I have read about Rock Crystal being used in old jewelry but am not familiar with it. There was a person on Etsy who had a somewhat similar necklace who said it was 1930’s Czech glass. But again, I’m not an expert in that area either!

    What do y’all think as to date and what the Crystal might be. Is there a way to identify cut rock crystal? I can spot Swarovski pretty well, and this isn’t it.

    Thank you everybody for looking!

    Terry

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    1. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 11 months ago
      I know we have some here that can help you Terry. I am not too clear on antique jewelry. I do believe this is a very old piece and it’s beautiful. No way is it lucite or plastic because of the weight. ( like you said)
      Very unusual which makes it all the more alluring...
      p.s. I too love Brasso, cleans costume plating just fine! And I’m glad you decided NOT to take away the patina. I seriously think that would of been a big mistake!
    2. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 11 months ago
      Could the crystals be quartz?
    3. valentino97 valentino97, 11 months ago
      Definitely leave this as is. Very lovely old early 1900's necklace. The weight is from the beads. I am not sure if they are quartz, but definitely should stay as it is. Which, I am sure you will do. Lovely! PS, I have a few of the bronze cog spacers and I think they are Czech, used them in designs but if they would have been complete like this? I wouldn't harvest for other designs. It's so gorgeous as is.
    4. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 11 months ago
      Mary, I was hoping you would stop by and help Terry. You know so much more than I when it comes to antique jewelry..and quartz was just a guess :)
    5. valentino97 valentino97, 11 months ago
      Eileen and Terry - a very beautiful necklace! Those tiny necks, 15" is so snug.
    6. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 11 months ago
      What a fantastic necklace! I think it is from the first part of the 1900's like Valentino says. I have seen very similar clasps on jewelry from around 1920's but it could also be somewhat earlier. I agree with you that this is most likely rock crystal. I say that because you say it is heavy, because I have seen other old rock crystal necklaces in other designs but also with brass details, because rock chrystal was popular in jewelry at this time. It is a stone found in a lot of places around the world so it is hard to be sure about the origin. But the clasp makes me think of jewelry from that time from USA or England. I would have expected another type of clasp on a necklace from this time from scandinavia or Germany. But you never know but that is from my experience this far.
      It is hard to tell rock chrystal from syntetic chrystal but if we place it 1900-1920's I would say it is more likely to be rock chrystal. Also I often find old rock chrystal beads to be more less sparcly and more "grayish" rather then "blueish" in color. If you understand what I mean. The beads give away a more round, soft and natural look than glass. Here are some links to rock chrystal objects where I see that:

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/Fingerring_av_bergkristall%2C_1800-tal_-_Hallwylska_museet_-_110201.tif/lossy-page1-1280px-Fingerring_av_bergkristall%2C_1800-tal_-_Hallwylska_museet_-_110201.tif.jpg

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f9/Avl%C3%A5ng_%C3%A5ttsidig_sk%C3%A5l_av_bergkristall_med_likaformad_fot_-_Skoklosters_slott_-_92036.tif/lossy-page1-1280px-Avl%C3%A5ng_%C3%A5ttsidig_sk%C3%A5l_av_bergkristall_med_likaformad_fot_-_Skoklosters_slott_-_92036.tif.jpg

      https://d2mpxrrcad19ou.cloudfront.net/item_images/711001/9721817_bukobject.jpg
    7. Elisabethan Elisabethan, 11 months ago
      So less sparcly and very elegant! I find your necklace very unique so hang on to it. I would not do anything to the brass because I love that look of age but also since I think it is natural stone I would not want to use any cemicals on the brass that might do something to the stones. Enjoy your necklace and wear it. So beautiful. Thanks for sharing this post!

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