Joie de Vivre jewelry

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Reading Agatha Christie's autobiography, the character of Auntie-Grannie in all her Victorian grandour steps out of the pages, from the shrouded, heavily furnitured dining room and the food store cupboard lined with tins and preserved fruit to the shopping adventures at the Army & Navy Stores in Victoria Street. They shopped for velvet and lace, made into dresses by seamstresses always seemingly from unfortunate circumstances and without much skill. Although her Auntie-Grannie seemed a bit more bawdy than her Miss Marple, her famous Victorian-minded detective, both found themselves quite justified in thinking the worst about people: "a mind like a sink!" is an often used phrase throughout Marple mysteries. Yet, her Victorian minded characters were ladies and understood style of manner and dress. The pale purple and mauve colors, the pearls and the refined style of this 20" necklace would appeal to a lady of those times. Each bead is hand-knotted with silk thread for maximum fluidity and drape - there is nothing like silk for this!- but keep in mind the chalcedony drops are dyed and may lose color with exposure to strong light.

Cost: $115.00 USD

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Length: necklace - 20"

Materials:

  • dyed chalcedony beads
  • dyed freshwater pearls
  • Japanese glass seedbeads
  • sterling silver beads
  • sterling silver toggle clasp
  • silk thread

Care & cleaning: Store necklace flat when not in use to prevent stretching knotted silk thread between beads. Clean with warm soapy water and avoid chemical or abrasive cleaners. Use a soft jewelry polishing cloth to clean tarnish appearing on silver. Dyed chalcedony typically fades with time, especially with exposure to sunlight so it would be a good idea to store the necklace in a dark place as well.

The knotted silk thread can be stretched with hard, sustained tugging. For this reason, it's recommended to keep out of reach of young hands. As with all beaded jewelry: do not let young toddlers chew on it.

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This 20" necklace is a classic and can be worn with casual tops (crew necks, V-necks) and higher-neck blouses or collared shirts. It is a simple but elegant design that will dress up casual shirts and look equally at home with evening wear.