VINTAGE 1931 LAFFITTE PERLES IN ORIGINAL PRESENTATION CASE PEARL NECKLACE WITH ART DECO STERLING CLASP - PARIS, FRANCE
The Lafitte Perles necklace from Paris, France, was a birthday gift to my mother when she was 16 years old. She would be 105 if still living so the pearl necklace would be quite old by now.
The Guaranty Certificate that came with the necklace those many years ago says:
"These perles are our finest reproductions of genuine perles from India. Each perle of this necklace has been moulded individually, carefully graduated and matched. These perles are French indestructible, covered with many layers of finest perly coating. They are guaranteed by us to be impervious to moisture,not to peel or discolor and to retain their lustre and beauty.
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They measure 16-1/2" including the Sterling clasp which is of an Art Deco design with a slide fish hook clasp to secure the necklace. Printed on the underside of the clasp, it says "Sterling". I was tempted to use my silver polish to brighten up the sterling but then decided that I would let the new owner do that. Tiny bit of verdigris between the end of the pearls and the clasp on both sides.
The pearls are graduated in length with the smallest at the back and the largest in the center. True to the manufacturer's guaranty that came with the necklace, it has not discolored or peeled and it still retains their lustre and beauty after all of these nearly 90 years!
The necklace comes in its original olive green and gold satin pillow presentation box that was given to my Mother. It is lightly embossed with a design of leaves and maybe florals. It measures 5-1/4" X 5-1/8". There is a silver seal with the name of Laffitte Perles in the center of the inside box along with the jewelry store in Chicago that sold the birthday gift. The box has wear to the corners and pretty much all the way around but the interior is pretty with only some small black pin pricks of soiling. The paper Guaranty has been stuck lots of times with pins - probably used as a good place to keep a needle - but the writing is still legible on it.
These would be a very nice gift for someone to pass on to their daughter or wear yourself as the classic look of pearls never goes out of style!
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