Pearl necklace is an opera length antique from 1950s with 2 strands, 37" and 39" long, of best quality japanese akoya saltwater cultured pearls and an art deco style 14k diamond and pearl clasp. This spectacular antique double strand of 76 combined length of 221 exquisite pearls in the opera length saltwater cultured pearls, has an antique art deco pearl and diamond clasp. It is perfect for a wedding or as a special sweetheart gift, and is a perfect "something old" since both the pearl necklace and the clasp are vintage antiques. You can see from the several close up photos, these pearls are exquisite in quality, beautiful matched iridescent color, and size, and just not found at this price any more.Two pearl strands, one of 37" (110 pearls) with pearls 7mm to 7.5mm in size, and one of 39" (111 pearls) with a total of 221 pearls that are 7.5 to 8.0mm in size, flow nicely and feel heavenly on the body. - wearing options: the double strand pearl necklace is fashion forward and very versatile due to the extra long length of these pearls. You can wear them opera length, as shown, or wear them beautifully down the open back of a dress. Wrap in various configurations to style them, or knot them, or adjust to your your outfit or neckline as a layered choker or many strand necklace. You can wear the 6 diamond with two pearl clasp in the back, front, or as an accent piece offset on the side. The last photo shows my late mother (then 92 years old) wearing her (this) favorite strand of pearls to my wedding. These very high quality exquisite saltwater cultured pearls came from my mother's estate jewelry collection of exquisite jewelry that she cherished.
The pearls are professionally strung and silk knotted, so they are clean and in excellent condition and hand knotted so if it should break at some time, you will not lose your pearls. The genuine saltwater pearl opera necklace is a mid-century antique treasure from the 1950s. Bought in the 1950s, are described, in a later 1992 appraisal, as having a white nacre (the pearly outer layer) with light pink and ivory overtones. They are described as having good luster, sheen, and nacre thickness, and being evenly round and with minimal flaws.
The pearls are well matched throughout for uniformity of color, size, and quality. The antique clasp has 6 round fully brilliant cut diamonds at 2 points each. 12 total diamond points with two 7mm pearls offset on the clasp.
The value as noted in the 1992 appraisal is just under $10,000 including the entire pearl necklace and 14k gold diamond and pearl clasp. The necklace has no doubt appreciated greatly in value since then, and the added value of high quality japanese saltwater pearls over freshwater pearls and the excellent antique quality.
This elegant classic strand would make a very special wedding gift, sweetheart gift, graduation gift, anniversary gift, or june birthday gift. Pearl is the birthstone for june.
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