Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bohemian Rhapsody

 Imagine the 1920s...  
 Gaily colored beads swinging from the necks of bobbed flappers-- Dancing to the Charleston... New ideas floating in the midst of rebellion and smoke.  

Beautiful necklace with etched glass pendant and metal stamping  SOLD
 European designers cashed into this "new woman"- A wild creature who cut her hair, smoked cigarettes, and showed off her knees.  Sequins, feathers, and other accoutrements bedecked the flapper.  But the one singular aspect was her saucy necklace.  Czechoslovakia was often the source of this quintessential accessory.  
Lovely lengthy necklace with unusual shaped glass stones  SOLD
Created in 1918, Czechoslovakia produced glass beads, faceted and molded glass stones and metalwork stampings.  Filigree necklaces, bracelets, brooches, buckles, clips, earrings, and rings in the Art Deco style flooded the ever hungry American market.  Geometric designs and simple pronged settings are characteristic of this era.  Glass bead sautoirs are another Czech specialty. (Sautoirs are defined as a very long chain or beaded necklace, often terminating in a tassel). 

Amber glass faceted stones with chainwork... Shorter in length than your typical Deco necklace

 Czech jewelry is typically unmarked but look for the signature in the circumference of the jump ring or on the clasp. The style of Czechoslovakian pieces, however, is unmistakable.  Fine metalwork, Victorian Revival intricacy, faceted stones, lots of rhinestones, nice prong settings-    These are the marks of Bohemian jewelry from the eras between WWI and WWII.

All showcased pieces are available for purchase.  Simply send me an email if you're interested!

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