Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Vintage Czech Glass Crystal Necklaces


Czech Glass Crystal Necklaces
Bohemia, once part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, is now a part of the Czech Republic. It played an important role in the history of costume jewelry. In the 19th century, Bohemia became famous for being the glass center of Europe. It was in Gablonz, at the end of the Victorian Era, that Austrian jeweler Daniel Swarovski introduced the first cut-glass crystals to successfully imitate the look of precious gemstones … diamonds, rubies, sapphires and emeralds. Even today Swarovski glass crystals are considered top-of-the-line.

Since Bohemia became part of the Czech Republic after WWI, we think of glass art objects as Bohemian glass, and stones for jewelry as Czech glass or crystals. During the 1920s, Czech glass beads were strung into gaily colored necklaces, which swung from the necks of flappers. Sometimes filigreed settings held a handful of singular glass stones, heavier rectangular brooches were crammed to their corners with rhinestones in emerald green, sapphire blue, amethyst purple and ruby red. Faceted beads were used for a variety of necklaces from strands to bibs and festoons to lavalieres.

Today, these 1920s creations are highly collectible and beautiful to wear as well. We have a nice selection of these jewels. Check them out ... pun intended.

Clear Czech Crystal Necklace ($125.00)

Czech Glass Beaded Necklace with Carnelian Glass Medallion ($125.00)

Czech Glass Necklace with Filigree and Rosary Beads ($125.00)

Czech Glass with Gorgeous Yellow-Amber Beads and Gilt Metal Florets ($125.00)

Czech Clear Crystals with a Brilliant Teardrop Pendant (125.00)

Czech Clear Crystal Bib or Festoon Necklace ($89.00)

Czech 1920s Wachenheimer Sterling Silver Onyx Marcasite Necklace ($125.00)

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