An amazingly well respected jewelry designer mid century, claudette pieces have not only held their tremendous appeal today, but collectors covet them and stalk them mercilessly. If they are in good condition - collectors are thrilled. If they are in mint condition (like this set) - collectors go nuts. If they are signed and in mint condition - collectors do back flips.So be prepared to brush off your gymnastic skills. This gorgeous demi parure is in mint condition, and is a flawless mid century rare bracelet and necklace, signed by claudette, a jewelry company with a fabulous reputation mid century. This terrific, bracelet and matching necklace was likely made in the late 1940's/early's 1950's. It appears in mint condition with no mars whatsoever to the pristine thermoset or the flawless, gleaming silver plating.
In point of fact, it appears never worn. Both pieces appear unflawed and they have a grand shine - extremely enticing. The silver is bright and pristine.
An absolute bounty of beauty. The bracelet is deliciously thick and chunky - so in style and on trend, but one of those absolute classics that never goes out of style and is never not on trend. It measures 7 1/2" long and is 1 1/2" wide and closes with a perfectly working fold-over clasp the back of which is signed on both necklace and bracelet. I did not get a clear photo of the signatures, but, should you want one, i'd be happy to try again. The bracelet is made of gorgeous moonglow charcoal gray (grey) thermoset.
It showcases domed silver pieces through the middle and around each of the lovely, stylized charcoal gray "leaves" that branch off the middle. The color is distinct, saturated, lovely, and absolutely as in style - or more - today as it was when this was made mid-century. The chunkiness of the piece is superior and really makes a statement.
The necklace measures 15 in length, which means it is a choker. I could put a silver extension on if that feels too small for you remember: womens' fingers, hands, necks, etc. Were all smaller last century. 10 of the necklace are of the same charcoal gray thermoset, and the rest is comprised of a masterly designed double row of thick, domed silver plate.From the sides of the 10 of thermoset is extender chain, and it closes with a silver hook and has a lovely silver ball on the other side to slip through the hook to secure this beautiful necklace. Both the necklace and bracelet are wonderfully lightweight and stylish and are distinguished by tremendous style and sophistication, partially due to the elegant shapes utilized, and partially due to the fabulous coloration.
It is absolutely ready-to-wear and so versatile, this lovely lassie could be worn with a gown; to work, an evening out, or be kick ass with jeans and a tee. And the color well, this great color works with just about everything. Here is an absolutely astounding example of the masterful craftsmanship endemic to mid century. A superior, and absolutely stunning, on trend and delightful vintage estate find.
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