Collier Matinee

Vintage pearl necklace with clasp in white gold & sapphires, around 1970

"When in May 1921 the first Mikimoto pearls appeared on the market in London, they caused a great sensation, because the Japanese cultured pearls were indistinguishable from genuine, natural pearls. [...] The Japanese cultured pearl has proved its worth, is appreciated as much as the real pearl, and therefore it is not surprising that the Mikimoto pearl is already a not insignificant article of commerce. [...] Sales points can be found in Tokyo, Osaka, Kobe and London." This note about the first cultured pearls in Europe can be found in the "Fachzeitung der Juweliere, Gold- und Silberschmiede", XVIth volume, No. 9, Vienna 1924, p. 2ff. How great this novelty actually was can be estimated if one knows that previously pearls were about as expensive as diamonds of the same size. Only now was the fashion for pearl necklaces able to establish itself at all and was no longer reserved for queens. Cultured pearls are nevertheless not a cheap item. Especially Japanese Akoya pearls, grown in salt water, continue to be precious gifts of nature. It is only in recent years that Chinese freshwater pearls have come onto the market, which are significantly less expensive. However, their quality, luster, luster and color are also clearly distinguishable from natural and saltwater pearls. The necklace here from around 1980 is made of quality saltwater cultured pearls. Their shape is round to slightly oval, their color is warm white. Knotted individually, they form a 62 centimeter long necklace, a so-called matinee necklace. A clasp made of high-carat white gold, set with a sapphire and brilliant-cut diamonds, forms the sparkling highlight of the piece of jewelry. We have had a detailed appraisal made of the necklace. We discovered the pearls in the Fichtelgebirge.

Pearl necklaces come in quite different lengths and that is why they are so versatile. Whether sporty or elegant, each pearl necklace can enhance clothing in different directions: for casual wear and business we recommend the classic "choker" (35-40 cm), for more festive occasions it may be the slightly longer "matinée necklace" (50-60 cm) and for the big ball the 70-90 cm long "opera" length, also called "sautoir", single or double bound is a luxurious eye-catcher.

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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.