Vintage Crystal Necklace
Gail Be, American, United States, 2003
Vintage Crystal AB and Jet Swarovski Crystal, Metal Findings, Accuflex
Be spent over 13 years to assemble the 15 different style vintage beads to create this masterpiece. Be acquired the beads from several different private and corporate collections throughout Europe and the United States.
The vintage Swarovski crystal beads are in pristine condition and were manufactured in Austria between 1920 - 1938 and 1945 - 1954. To prove their authenticity, Be has the honor of taking them directly from their original packages.
When I sat down to write about this piece and I really studied this picture and started counting. I realized that is has over 16 different vintage style beads -- making it one of my truly, REALLY BIG Masterpieces. It is an incredible honor just to look at it and realize what an awesome feat it was to gather so many different beads from collections and dealers all over the world. The awesomeness is not that I "got" the beads, but because I was "allowed to get" the opportunity to purchase the beads. Realize that every bead was manufactured in the same plant in Austria and then shipped "here and there" over the next 65 years to someday all meet again and be blended together in this one breathtaking piece. As on of the world's leading connoisseur of vintage beads, I honestly am awestruck at the incredible variety all brought into one place. As all Artist's know, when they separate from a great piece of their spiritual work it is essential that "my baby goes to a Good Home." I view this piece with reverence for what it has survived and honor it as a truly remarkable piece of Art.