Pearl tassel necklaces were very fashionable in the 1950s and 1960s. Most pearl tassel necklaces that were made in the 1960s were not as nice in quality or craftsmanship like ones made in the 1950s. Pearl tassel necklaces made in the 1950s like this one are much harder to find.
There's noting more horrifying to a woman than watching a precious necklace get caught on something and all the beads go flying into the stratosphere of lost forever. The construction and composition of this necklace is unique.
Note that all of the beads are not strung on cord but are individually strung on brass pin loops; a very time consuming old method of construction. This method of construction not made anymore. The principle reason in taking the time to construct a necklace this way was for longevity and protection of the beads. Individual wire loops between every bead prevents the beads from rubbing against each other. In addition, should the necklace get caught on something and break, all of the beads will not go flying everywhere. You might loose one bead, but the necklace can easily be repaired. This old school method of necklace making came from the Japanese. Valuable pearl necklaces are strung on silk cotton cord and the cord is knotted between every bead on the strand. If the strand ever broke, the pearls would not go flying everywhere.
This fancy pink creation has round and baroque acrylic pearls in pale light pink. Some of the pearls have a luminous finish and some are satin. Along the strands are very nice Austrian box cut crystals in rose pink. The most illusive beads are the and hand made, mouth blown, pink and white cane glass beads finished with sugar texture. The tassel has matching beads in smaller versions as well.
The necklace is finished with a hidden brass insert clasp, covered with a button pearl. This style of brass insert clasp is definitively from the early 1950s.
When clasped, the necklace is 28" or 71 cm long. The tassel is an additional 3" or 76 mm long. The necklace is in excellent clean condition with only microscopic hints of wear; nothing really visible to the naked eye. Some of the brass head pin loops have a darkened patina from age. The brass clasp is signed Japan.
Comes gift wrapped and shipped in a new luxury presentation necklace box.