That irritated oyster...

Pretty pearl necklace in two rows with silver clasp, around 1950

"That irritated oyster that dwells unbaptized and nameless in the wet after a silent spasm and a fatal end... at the end a pearl" Do you know this beautiful song by Hildegard Knef about the life of an oyster and the birth of a pearl? If not, give it a listen, it's very amusing! We also see particularly beautiful saltwater pearls, born of oysters, in this double row necklace from around 1950, which has a silver clasp. The pearls are shimmering white cultured pearls of fine quality, as one could wish for from Japanese cultured pearls. They are arranged in a progression so that the two strands converge in thicker pearls in the middle. We have had the pearl necklace re-strung and the pearl cord renewed, so nothing stands in the way of carefree wear. The fine necklace is a timeless classic that would certainly have pleased Knef!

It was a great sensation when the Japanese entrepreneur Mikimoto succeeded in cultivating saltwater pearls on a large scale for the first time in the early 1920s. Until then, pearl necklaces had to be made from naturally grown pearls, which were about as expensive as diamonds of the same size. It wasn't until the invention of the cultured pearl that pearl jewelry became affordable to a broader mass and sparked a huge fashion that has lasted to this day. The present necklace in the classic form of the so-called "Collier Chute" also originates from the first phase of pearl cultivation. This type is characterized by the typical gradient shape. The largest pearl is at the bottom in the middle, and starting from there the pearls become smaller and smaller on both sides and towards the top. This is also alluded to by their name, which is derived from the French "chuter" = to fall off.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.