Chute necklace

Vintage pearl necklace in the course with white gold clasp, around 1950

It was a great sensation when the Japanese entrepreneur Mikimoto succeeded in cultivating saltwater pearls on a large scale 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 was not until the invention of the cultured pearl that pearl jewelry became affordable for a broader mass and triggered a great fashion that has lasted until today. Because: Pearls always decorate! The present necklace also dates from the early phase of pearl cultivation. It is in the classic form of the so-called "Collier Chute" with a length of about 49 cm and a typical gradient shape. At the bottom in the center is the largest pearl and starting from it, the pearls become smaller and smaller to the two sides and upwards. This is also alluded to by their name, which is derived from French "chuter" = to fall off, to crash. We have had the beads re-strung and knotted so that it can be tagged without worry. The navette-shaped clasp in white gold still follows the Art Deco style in its design language and is set with a small pearl in the center. This creates a timeless classic that was probably made in Germany in the years around 1950.

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 jewelry: the Greek term "margarita" was also used to refer to the beloved, as it were, a term that has survived to this day in the name Margaret. The classic pearl necklace must not be missing from a lady's jewelry box

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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.