Let me state this is my third posting during the Era of Covid-19.
The centerpiece is a wonderful shade of aqua, matte lampwork glass, surrounded by shiny translucent lampwork glass, all separated by sterling silver. The lampwork is artist-made but since I purchased these from Helen (see January 2019 blog), I don’t have the artisan’s name. Likewise for the unfortunately nameless person who made the silver beads which I bought at a show. The necklace is completed with two types of beads that are a perfect match for the lampwork’s shade of aqua! Thank you, Drawer 33, for delivering such a fine match!
The clasp is an equally lucky find in my sterling box…a hammered oval paired with a sterling “lobsta” clasp.
And I was thinking of my dear collectors when I made the earrings without aqua, thereby gifting you with not only a matching hammered earring but one you can wear anytime sterling silver earrings are called for.
The story of interest here is the aqua wavy vintage plastic beads in between the aqua matte beads: they had a tiny paper ring encircling the strand that said “Made in Japan”. I first learned of this classification in the 90’s from the knowledgeable bead traders at the big shows in California. This tagline can only be used on beads made after 1921, with the peak period from 1950–1970. Post-WWII, the Japanese economy was in shambles and the government was seeking exports to boost the Treasury. Besides beads, Artisans pumped out pottery and lots of toys were manufactured.
From 1921 to 1952, the tag could also say “Made in Occupied Japan”. I have never seen this one on beads.
The necklace is 19″. The set is $115.
A Max Moment
I’m not going to bore you with whining about Max’s shaved body (to see him in that state, look at August and September, 2019, blog when he was last shaved, due to excessive matting and I whined plenty!) Massachusetts allowed pet services such as boarding and playtime but not grooming services which were allowed to open May 25th, Memorial Day, making his hair twice as long as normal.
Instead, I have a photo taken May 13 when he was adorable and fluffy. Max selected the orange section of the sofa for his morning snooze while I read the paper. My heart was warmed by his color choice!!!