Recognized for its outstanding craftsmanship and quality, Czech glass has a rich history dating back to the 3rd century.
Originating in Bohemia, which is now part of the Czech Republic, Czech glassmakers cultivated their own unique glassmaking techniques including the process of molding glass to create pressed glass beads as well as fire-polished finishes. These groundbreaking skills allowed for identical glass beads to be mass produced quickly and inexpensively and it revolutionized the jewelry making industry.
The onslaught of WWI nearly collapsed the bead making industry. After the war was over, Bohemia became part of the new state of Czechoslovakia. By 1928, the Czechs were the largest bead exporter in the world until a year later when the Great Depression struck, sinking the industry once more.
Bead production starting making a comeback in the mid 1930s, only to be crushed again by the turmoil of WWII when the country was split again under Nazi and Communist rule.
This stunning necklace was created during Czechoslovakia's heyday between WWI and the Great Depression. It features 22 faceted marquise shape amethyst glass beads linked by petite brass rings and accented by 5 round faceted beads. It culminates in the back with an early spring ring.
However, the real pièce de résistance is the jaw dropping pendant! Reminiscent of a beautiful Regency era gold gilt mirror with its raised flower accents, metal lacework and intricate detailing, this gilt brass centerpiece showcases an exquisite piece of oval cut amethyst Czech glass.
This necklace is a wonderful example of Czech glass jewelry design and craftsmanship at its peak.
Date: 1920s Materials: Gold Gilt, Brass, Glass Measurements: Necklace: 17" Pendant Height: 1 5/16" Width: 1" Markings: Signed Czechoslovakia on the jump ring near the clasp. Condition: Very Good Necklace has light surface scratches and a vintage patina that is consistent with age and wear. Pendant has a few small air bubble inclusions and a tiny chip on the culet. These flaws are only noticeable if the piece is held up to a bright light. They are virtually invisible when worn.