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c1930s Hand Strung Pearls with Marcasite Clasp

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c1930s Hand Strung Pearls with Marcasite Clasp

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Simply beautiful c1930s set of lovely, creamy pearls hand strung with a stunning round silver clasp set with a central pearl and marcasite stones. The pearls are graduated, with the largest being c5mm. This string of pearls is 15" long, a classic length for a pearl necklace.


The string of pearls measures c15"
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Finer Details

The back of the clasp is stamped 935, meaning that the silver is 93.5% pure, slightly more than sterling silver and often found in European silver from the turn of the century. Pearls have historically symbolised purity, rarity value and beauty. Pearls occurring in the wild (sea) are very rare. They are most often cultured, grown or farmed from Pearl oysters, and faux pearls have long been used to imitate the real thing. Indeed, many antique and older vintage faux pearls have a charm and value of their own. Since ancient times, the pearl has been a symbol of unblemished perfection. It is the oldest known gem (pearls are classed as an organic gemstone), and for centuries it was considered the most valuable. A fragment of the oldest known pearl jewellery, found in the sarcophagus of a Persian princess who died in 520 BC, is displayed in the Louvre in Paris. To the ancients, pearls were a symbol of the moon and had magical powers. In classical Rome, only persons above a certain rank were allowed to wear pearl jewellery. The Latin word for pearl literally means 'unique', attesting to the fact that no two pearls are identical. Pearl is the birthstone for June

Additional Information

Jewellery Type Necklaces
Period Art Deco
SKU V186

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