Antique Necklace | Opaline Glass Bead Necklace | Hand Knotted Opalite or Opaline Beads | Vintage Color Change Necklace - 21 Inches Long

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An opaline glass bead necklace that shows the most delicious color, changing hue with movement and play of light.

The color shifts from icy pale blue through brilliant turquoise with flashes of apricot and ultramarine - dynamic worn with black. To illustrate this, image #1 is photographed on black and then image #5 shows exactly the same setting on white.

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Opaline glass beads, also known as opalite. First manufactured in the Victorian era and popular right through the early 1900s. The beads are hand knotted between, allowing extra light to enhance color. The threading appears to be silk and is a mid blue.

40 beads in all with the central three a larger size. The smaller beads = 9mm diameter and the larger beads = 12mm diameter.
21 inches or 53.3cm long.
The necklace is shown on a life size torso in image #2.

Age: early 1900s

Condition: Very, very good. I can see no chips or wear to the beads. The threading is strong with no stretching between beads; there is a longer piece of thread near the attachment loop which looks deliberate as it allows access to fasten.

Janne's Notes
Amazing. The color change is so very attractive and the beads are lovely to handle.

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