A 1950's white metal and paste or rhinestone choker set with 40 x marquise paste stones, 120 x round paste stones and 1 x baguette paste stone set in the clasp.
The scintillation these paste stones exude is visible along the length of the necklace so whether you swoop your hair up or let it cascade down this choker will look spectacular.
Whether you are looking for a little sparkle on a snowy day or a spectacular piece to complete your look, this delightful choker will make a bold statement.
Date: circa 1950
Weight: 58.7 gm
Length: 40 cm
Did You Know?
- The Popularity of Costume Jewelry
- During and immediately after World War II the jewelry industry, like most industries, suffered terribly from war time shortages.
- Silver, amongst other metals, was deployed to the war efforts as it was an ideal substitute for tin in soldering, and many other uses.
- Business Week April 17, 1943 explained that despite shortages, jewelry sales soared, "with workers unable to spend money on an automobile, refrigerators or silk skirts, jewelry sales last year hit an all time high of $ 790 000 000. A 30% increase over 1941".
- A Choker
- A short narrow necklace worn close to the throat.
- About Paste
- A word probably derived from the Italian word pasta
- Is a glass imitation gemstone which has been used since the 13th century.
- In the 18th century, Joseph Strass realised that by adding a higher percentage of lead to the glass, the jewels created were even more spectacular.
- The paste in this piece has been created to imitate diamonds, but paste can imitate a variety of gemstones and colours.
- Today paste is extensively made in France, Austria and Czechoslovakia
- White Metal Spin-Casting
- Much of the costume jewelry made today is constructed using the white metal spin-casting technique.
- The white metal used is a mixture of tin, lead, bismuth and antimony.
- The quality costume jewelry pieces have an 88 percent tin content.
- The casting process consists of using a mold.
- Since 1937 the molds have been made out of rubber.