1920s Czechoslovakian Turquoise Glass Bead and Celluloid Pendant Vintage Necklace

This vibrant necklace dates from the 1930s. It was created in Czechoslovakia.

Condition Report:

Very Good - Some rubbing and darkening to the surface of the celluloid and gilt metal on the pendant. This is consistent with age and use and does not detract from the overall appeal of the piece. 

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The Details...

This necklace features turquoise and black glass beads of varying shapes and sizes interspersed with gilt metal filigree caps and barrel beads. Suspended from the necklace is a pale turquoise celluloid pendant detailed at its centre with a gilt metal filigree design accented with a large, round, bezel set, black cabochon and smaller, round, turquoise cabochons. The necklace fastens with a barrel clasp and is 50cm in length. The pendant measures 5cm x 3cm. 

A Short History...

Glass has been a prevelant feature of costume pieces since the invention of jewellery. An easily accessible material that can be formed into any shape and dyed any colour. Glass was heavily used in 1920s and 1930s pieces, such as this necklace, because it could be dyed in a vast array of colours to meet the need for affordable jewellery after the Great Depression. This necklace is highly likely to have been created in Czechoslovakia due to the good quality and unusual design of the glass beads and the use of highly decorative filigree metal findings. 

Wear it With...

Embody the authority of a Deco fashionista, add this piece to your working wardrobe. It would look stunning paired with a silk top, pencil skirt and courts. 

  • Colour Black, Gold, Turquoise
  • Era 1920s
  • Occasion Cocktail and Evening, Holiday and Globetrotting, Smart Casual, Wedding Guest
  • Trend Gatsby Glamour, World Voyage