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Vintage Costume Jewellery from the Far East is enjoying something of a renaissance in the 21st century.
A huge amount of vintage costume jewelery came from the Far East, Hong Kong and Japan in particular, and much of it was extremely innovative and very well made.
This necklace is a fine example. The quality of most pieces were on a par with the well known Coro, Lisner and Trifari.
Sadly, like the bulk of Czechoslovakian costume jewelery, very little was marked. And in the past, the fact that labour after WWll was inexpensive, and so the jewelery was inexpensive to produce, gave it a poor reputation.
When comparing a ‘made in Hong Kong ’ necklace with a modern day necklace, it is quite plain to see which is of better quality.
Most of the Far Eastern jewelery of the period from 1950 – 1969 was made by hand, with beads being hand strung. Often times the intricacy of the design, or the unusual materials and finishes used surpassed much other costume of the day.
The very popular American manufacturer Coro had their beaded necklaces of the 1940’s and 1950’s imported from parts of the Far East, a fact which could well be true of many other manufacturers of the era.
Asians well known as fine artisans. Japanese simulated pearls rival the best in the world, even big names like Miriam Haskell used them on her jewelery.
Costume Jewellery produced in Hong Kong covered a wide variety of vintage costume jewelery, from moonglow beads and acrylics, to handpainted plastics and superb art glass beads.
The creative colours, shapes, designs and materials are now highly sought after, and are getting increasingly harder to find.
This necklace is in excellent condition, and dates back to the 1930's-1940's. It is stamped on the back of the push in clasp (which works perfectly) with 'Hong Kong'.
At more than half a century old, this beautiful object looks just as good as the day it was threaded.
Surely a big must to complete your 'retro' wardrobe?