A rare Swarovski design that is no longer produced in this colour-way and size - meet the impressive floral Marguerite daisy! Actually a clear crystal, it has an aura borealis finish that (along with the hand cut faceting) throws different colours and sparkle off in all directions. The centre crystal measures an impressive 15mm! Vintage crystals of this size are getting so hard to find in such excellent shape. I've paired the Marguerite with four other 12mm dagger drops - all in beautiful crystal clear also with the aura borealis finish on the backside. Spacer beads in-between consist of both vintage light blue-hued Swarovski 3mm crystals, and a few silver toned modern glass cut crystal beads.
Where do I find these rare vintage crystals? I deal with a jewelry manufacturer that used to create costume jewelry from about the 1930s up to the 70s. Many of their Swarovski beads were made either exclusively for them or for other major manufacturers which were then acquired at auction. In the 50’s the competition amongst the costume jewelry manufacturers of the day was intense. Often they would commission Swarovski to produce special color combinations for them. Each respective factory had their own combinations.
In fact, the combinations were a closely guarded secret lest some competitor copy the combinations. Some of these companies included Coro, Napier, Trifari, Lissner, and Capri.
In 1972, my supplier bought a truckload of odd Swarovski crystals at auction from popular costume jewelry maker Albert Weiss Company when they closed their doors. You would be hard pressed to find these crystals anywhere else as no one knows exactly which colors were combined with which finishes to produce the end result.
Modern Swarovski Marguerite daisy crystals have a hole drilled in the centre of the bead, not across the top as these ones do. Truly rare. These crystals are thick too - about 3-4mm thick on the edges and the centre of the flowers come to a raised point. They're like gorgeous chunks of ice.
All wire is sterling silver, and it's all securely hand wired onto a vintage sterling silver chain. Chain measures about 17" plus a 2" extender chain so you have room to adjust the length slightly.
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Last photo shows an example pair of earrings (not included) with the actual packaging your necklace will arrive in. Secure box, hang tag, and paper insert describing the history of these rare beauties.