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South Sea Pearl Necklace, circa 1960s

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South Sea pearls were not cultured on a grand scale until the late 1950s, early 1960s. This necklace dates from the early days of cultured South Sea pearls, which makes it very special to me. Composed of forty 8.5mm - 9.5mm off-round or semi-baroque pearls in a buttery, golden color with slight pink and green overtones and bright orient —or play of color. The pearls have good nacre (otherwise we would see no orient, the prismatic play of light displayed by some but not all pearls) and surface blemishing. But I don't care in the slightest about the surface blemishing or the less-than-perfectly-round shape because to me, these look like natural, uncultured South Sea pearls. As you may well know, the luster of South Sea pearls is quite unlike the luster of the Japanese Akoya pearls. Fine Akoya pearls have a sharp, bright, reflective shine. They are like mirrors. South Sea pearls do not have this hard, sharp shine, but rather a sensuous luminosity; a glow. They melt against the skin. The clasp is a traditional Art Deco-style pearl clasp, made of silver and topped with a 3mm pearl. It is marked for sterling but bears no maker's mark. This 17" necklace is still strung on its original string, hand-knotted between each bead. The buttery color, the ethereal overtones and the organic shapes of the individual pearls make this necklace uniquely beautiful. Today, cultured South Sea pearls are huge and perfect. That's the standard we know and expect. But these early cultured South Sea pearls are precious. How miraculous each pearl must have seemed; how huge the success. Perfect for a bride or anyone who lives pearls. They're unusual and that matters. To me, at least. To you, too?

Details

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  • Place of Origin
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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1960s
  • Period
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    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    D 17 in.D 431.8 mm
  • Length
    17 in. (431.8 mm)
  • Weight
    36.75 g
  • Seller Location
    Southbury, CT
  • Reference Number
    LU158918976081
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