WACHENHEIMER BROS. Art Deco Sterling Carnelian Marcasite Necklace
A lovely carnelian necklace by the Wachenheimer Brothers, well-known American jewelry makers that produced jewelry from the early 1900s through the mid 1930s. From the 1920s, this piece is crafted in sterling silver and features a row of seven carnelian links which alternate with marcasite encrusted spacer links. The carnelian links carry two shapes, four of which are square and three of which are rectangular, and all have a smoothly polished surface with a slightly convex face. The stones, which have a rich, deep rust color, are prong set and attached to an open sterling frame at the back. In an interesting alternating pattern, each carnelian link is separated by a small rectangular column link which is accented by five sparkling marcasites. The links connect at sterling jump rings and a strand of fine and ornate silver chain completes the design, fastening at the back with a simple spring clasp. The ring of the clasp is stamped "STERLING" and the back of the center carnelian link has the "WACHENHEIMER" hallmark stamped along its sterling frame. A beautiful piece with a classic Art Deco look, the necklace drapes elegantly at the neckline when worn and would make a lovely addition to any collection!
Measurements: The necklace measures approximately 15.25" long. The rectangular carnelian links measure approximately 5/8" wide by 3/8" tall and the square links measure 3/8" wide by 3/8" tall.
Condition: The overall condition of the necklace is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling setting or to the carnelian and marcasite stones, all of which are intact. The spring ring clasp is secure and in good working condition.