There is no known provenance, but the panels of matt, hot coloured glass were extremely popular in the early 1940s and look back to the era of the 1920s, when the Egyptian themed jewellery was all the rage and designers like Max Neiger were popular.
Certainly, this buckle has the flavour of a Max Neiger piece with the opulent use of decorated gilt brass and delicate moulding and etching. The inset matt red glass panels and lip-shaped cabochons give the impression of wealth and elegance. The gilded brass itself shows little sign of wear and the detailed etching is well machined.
There are 14 glass ‘cabochon’ gems in red and black, securely inserted in the buckle panel. The opulent necklace is a double string of mixed blood red, terra cotta and black pressed glass beads, metallic goldtone spacers and brass bead caps.
The string length is 61cms (24 inches) with the longer string a little more, to allow the necklace to lie flat when worn, with the buckle to the side.
The buckle has been gently closed shut, so it will not open when worn; the necklace can be slipped over the head to put it on. The buckle measures 8cms (just over 3 inches) long, and 3cms (just over 1 inch) at its widest point.
The necklace is sold with a pair of gold-plated drop earrings made from matching red beads, for pierced ears.
To buy this Necklace and Earrings Set for £120
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