The beads in this vintage necklace were something of a mystery to me, so I asked for the opinion of a highly respected bead expert. In summary, she believes the beads to be hand cut and most likely from the 1920s to 1930s. I also learned from someone else that her grandmother inherited a strand of the same beads from her aunt. They were purchased by the aunt during her honeymoon in Hot Springs, Arkansas, around 1910. So, from two reputable sources, I can date these beads with confidence to the early 20th century. They have obviously been restrung with hand knotting, and new hook and loop findings. The necklace features 39 faceted rock crystal beads. They graduate in size from approx. 15 mm wide to 20 mm wide, and vary in thickness from approx. 10 mm to 15 mm. There are, of course, variances in the faceting due to the unique character of natural stone. Therefore, each bead is unique, but the overall appearance of the necklace is uniform. I am not a gemstone expert, but I was told that this is exceptionally clear high grade rock crystal. The beads are icy cold to the touch, and especially pleasant to wear during the Summer. The string is quite secure, and other than natural fissures noted in four of the beads, as well as a few tiny flea bites on some edges, there do not appear to be any chipped beads.
This necklace is a real show stopper. The beads sparkle and flash like crazy, and look especially gorgeous when worn with white. Overall, this stunning necklace is in Near Mint condition.
Note: Typically, restringing would warrant a downgrade in condition rating. However, the restringing was obviously professionally done and the beads are in such outstanding condition that the overall condition is unaffected.