Art Deco pearl necklace with topaz & diamond clasp, probably USA, around 1930
What looks as classic and timeless as this pearl necklace marks an exciting innovation that revolutionized the jewelry world at the beginning of the 20th century. Shortly before, the Japanese Kokichi Mikimoto (御木本 幸吉, * March 10, 1858, † September 21, 1954), was the first person ever to produce and market full-round cultured pearls. Mikimoto was the son of a noodle restaurant owner and left school at the age of 13 to supplement his family's income as a vegetable vendor. Observing the pearl divers of Ise sparked Mikimoto's fascination with pearls. In 1888, he obtained a loan to open his first pearl farm with his wife Ume. On July 11, 1893 - after many setbacks and near bankruptcy - the first cultured pearl was produced. However, it took Mikimoto another twelve years to grow perfectly round cultured pearls that were now indistinguishable from the precious natural pearls. Until then, pearl necklaces had to be made from naturally grown pearls, which were about as expensive as diamonds of the same size. It was not until the invention of the cultured pearl that pearl jewellery became affordable for a wider mass of people and triggered a great fashion that has lasted until today. Because: Pearls always decorate! Our quality necklace shows the classic form of the so-called "Collier Chute". This type is characterized by a length of approx. 45.0 cm and the typical gradient shape. At the bottom in the middle is the largest pearl and starting from there the pearls become smaller and smaller to both sides and upwards. This is also alluded to by the name, which is derived from the French "chuter" = to fall off. A precious clasp set with an imperial topaz and white diamonds completes this beautifully preserved piece of jewellery, which was probably made in the USA around 1930. A timeless classic from the pioneering years of pearl cultivation.
A treasure from the depths of the sea - In many cultures around the world, the pearl has a deeply symbolic character. In China they are a symbol of wealth, wisdom and dignity; in Japan they signify good luck, in India the abundance of children. Even among the ancient Greeks and Romans, pearls were highly coveted as pieces of jewellery: the Greek term "margarita" was also used, as it were, to refer to the beloved, a term that has survived to this day in the name Margarete. A lady's jewellery box must not be without the classic pearl necklace.
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