1950's W. German Glass & Resin Bead Necklace
White opaque and semi-transparent beads with gold star and bead details make this a unique and fun double strand necklace. It is a beautiful little piece of history from the post WWII era. It looks great against any color and works well with any ensemble from jeans and a sweater to that little back jumpsuit. The hook latch allows for adjustable lengths from 16" inches to 18" inches. Stamped with Western German and dated to around the mid 1950's, this necklace is in very good condition with NO breaks, cracks or missing beads or accents, with very little wear to beads. The gold tone end caps and hook are metal and in perfect condition. The little stars remind me of Wonder Woman and the strength she represents!
* Glass & Resin Beads
* Beads measure from 12mm to 6mm
* Origin Mark - Western Germany
* No Maker's Mark
* Length from 16" inches to 18" inches
* 32.70 grams
West Germany was created in 1949 when the United States, Great Britain, and France consolidated those zones, or portions, of Germany that they had occupied at the end of World War II, lasting until 1990. As with Japan, Germany's economy had taken a tremendous hit during and after the war and industrial factories were limited in what they could produce for many years. Plastics and metal factories were not allowed to create anything that could be construed as preparations for war or aggression. With a war weary public and a loss of economic stability for most lower and middle class families, fashion jewelry became a way to lift one's spirits and mood. Affordable and in demand these pieces became a hit with younger ladies who idolized the Hollywood glitz and glam. These western jewelry items were hand strung by factory workers and helped to not only create a since of beauty and worth for West German women, but also helped the revitalization of factory jobs helping the overall economy.
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