We have similar Mid Century items, which would pair nicely with this piece, for sale this week. Listing Description by: Ksenia D. Age Circa: Mid Century C.
Markings: Marked "925 " inside the bale, Tested, and Guaranteed. Gram Weight: 21.7 Grams. Main Stone Carat Weight/Color: Measures 27.8 mm long and 38.9 mm wide, Opaque black hue with like cristobalite crystal snowflake-like shapes. The stone(s) appear to be untreated, but. We are not certified gemologists.
Tested and guaranteed using a professional Presidium. Duo refractive, heat, and hardness tester.
Stone Cuts: Oval Cabochon Cut. Item Measurements: The pendant measures 2.10" long measured from the top of the bale to the bottom of the pendant by 2.16" wide. This pendant features a rare snowflake obsidian stone.
Surrounding the stone with space in between is a thick oval wire frame. Snowflake obsidian is a type of volcanic rock glass containing white'snowflake' crystal patterns of the mineral cristobalite, originated due to partial crystallization of the glass. The standard bale is large enough to fit over most chains or beaded necklaces. The sterling silver is fairly tarnished, which is to be expected of an item this age. The price of this item has been reduced to reflect this.
This listing is for the item only. The Mid-Century era, 1935 to 1965, encompassed many new styles of art and architecture and this carried over to jewelry making. This exciting time for jewelry saw movements such as Hollywood Regency, Modernism, Brutalism, and the Atomic Age.
Native American artisans were also making their mark in the jewelry industry. Artisans used many kinds of metals, gemstones, glass, and experimented with ceramic and wood as well. This era was filled with new and innovative designs, while also rejuvenating and reinventing older styles. The unique jewelry which emerged from this era is still very popular today. The Mid-Century Modernist style became a movement in art and jewelry in the 1940s, right after World War II, and peaked in the 1950s.The use of multi-colored metals became very popular due to wartime restrictions on certain materials; it was not uncommon to have brass, copper or gold-alloy accents with silver backgrounds. Mid-century Modernism is marked by clean lines and bold, abstract geometric shapes. Obsidian is a naturally occurring black volcanic glass that forms. When lava from an eruption cools within the earth. Which it cools prevents crystallization, which means. Hard and brittle, which makes it a very difficult stone to work. Obsidian can vary in color from dark brown to black based. On the impurities found in it. The item "Antique Vintage Mid Century Modernist Sterling Silver Snowflake Obsidian Pendant" is in sale since Saturday, March 30, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Art Nouveau/Art Deco 1895-1935\Necklaces & Pendants". The seller is "abeautifultimeco" and is located in Fort Collins, Colorado. This item can be shipped worldwide.