This vintage six-strand Sherpa "coral" necklace is exquisite. It came from the estate of a New Mexico woman who inherited her German-Danish mother's collection of ethnic and Native jewelry, much of which was collected when the mother (since deceased, would be in her mid 90s) traveled throughout the world. She came to the United States in the 1940s, escaping Nazi Germany, and by the 1960s settled in New Mexico. I went to high school with the daughter, and thus have provenance about this piece as a result. One can still buy Sherpa coral necklaces today, much of it molded and made in China and India. The necklace offered here was put together circa 1930s to 1940s, made with mandrel-wound tomato-y red glass beads. It is said that Sherpa coral beads first appeared as export beads from Central Europe (Czechoslovakia) in the 1920s. Wound Sherpa beads are more valuable than molded, and we know the beads in this necklace are wound given the individual character of each bead. We also know this necklace has age by looking at the silver beads with which they are threaded, as well as by the older style braided closure. A real coral necklace with this many beads would sell for thousands of dollars, and so you can see why a glass bead necklace made to look like coral, would be so desirable.
The six strands measures about 27" not including the braided ends, and are closer to 47" end to end. Weighs 130g. The threading is becoming a bit worn in areas from age yet the braiding provides stability. This is an heirloom piece that really should be treated as such and stored where it can be preserved.
Authentic BOHEMIAN jewelry--a rare thing!
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