Long Peking glass and galalith bead necklace by Louis RousseletThis is an exceptional early French Peking glass necklace created by Louis Rousselet and dating from the 1920/30s.
The graduating oval glass beads are a soft green colour. They are separated by smaller round glass spacer beads and threaded on a chain which has given it strength over time. The beads were all hand made with swirling colour variations to resemble natural jade. The necklace is highlighted along its length by four conical crystal set brass beads, each of which is capped by a cream galalith bead that has been hand carved to mirror the shape of the brass beads.
A small number of the tiny rhinestones at the top of the brass beads have been lost in time, but this is obscured by the cream beads and is only noticeable on very close inspection.
The largest central oval bead measures 3cm long by 2cm across whilst the smallest oval beads are 1.3cm long and 1cm across. This masterpiece is an incredibly rare 72cm long and closes with a beehive barrel clasp signed 'Made in France'.