Vintage 1930s Foil Glass Beads with Faceted Black Onyx


Strung on nylon-coated steel jewellery wire, these 1930s foil glass spatter beads are a rare colour and quality and are sometimes called ‘cats eye’ beads because of their shining centres.  


Each bead has been made by pressing foil sheet fragments into black glass, before forming the final almost round bead; and all before the glass cools. These are traditionally Italian by manufacture and each bead is blown individually, so they are all unique.  


In this necklace the background colour is dramatic black, with gold, blue, orange and silver foil flakes.  The foil beads measure from 12-15mm each and are separated by 10mm faceted black onyx beads. The necklace measures 49cms (just over 19 inches) long, and contains 17 foil beads.  


The clasp is the original brass bolt ring with a trigger release to enclose the ring; the necklace is now re-wired and secure and in excellent condition.  


The necklace is accompanied by a 20cm matching bracelet with 5 foil beads and similar black faceted onyx beads.  There is a little damage to the foil beads; some small chips to the glass, commensurate with the age of the necklace, but which do not show when it is worn.  All occlusions and facets are part of the original glass-blowing technique, which occurs during their manufacture. 


The necklace is sold with a matching pair of glass bead drop earrings, on silver gilt ball and posts with butterfly backs, for pierced ears.


To buy this Necklace, Bracelet and Earrings Set for £120

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