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1980s Monet Opera Length Gold Tone Twisted Cable Necklace - $20 (Tucson)

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condition: like new
make / manufacturer: Monet
size / dimensions: 27" x 3/8"
1980s Monet Opera Length Gold Tone Twisted Cable Necklace

MONET: Monocraft, the Monet parent company, was founded by two brothers, Jay and Michael Chernow, in Brooklyn in 1927. They had identified a trend in the market for the personalization of items and began producing high-quality silver and gold-plated monograms and initialed plaques for women’s handbags. This was a huge timesaver for retailers who would have previously sent away products for personalization and customers loved the high quality.

In 1937 the brothers branched out and used their company’s metal-working skills to produce costume jewelry under the Monet name. This was the direct result of the 1920s economic crisis when women could no longer afford expensive jewelry and started buying costume jewelry instead.

THE OPERA LENGTH NECKLACE: Between 1920-1922 dress waistlines dropped to hip-level and hemlines for daywear rose to just below the calf, which thus replaced high button boots with stylish heels. As flappers’ hair was trimmed shorter, necklaces got longer. Long strands began popping up on the 1920’s social scene, specifically at formal occasions, like a night at the opera.

At 25” to 27”, the opera necklace falls below the bust and offers many attractive options. It can be worn as a single strand or with high necklaces or doubled to create a fashionable two-strand choker. It can be knotted at the neckline or above the bust to create a stylish vintage look that is gaining popularity as a contemporary fashion trend. It can also be wound around the wrist to form a bracelet.

THIS OPERA LENGTH NECKLACE: This is a simple yet elegant 27” gold tone opera length necklace signed MONET on the hang tag at the end of the strand. It has a heavy gold plate characteristic of vintage Monet jewelry in a twisted cable pattern. The necklace features the lobster clasp that Monet patented in 1976 and is considered to be a predecessor of today’s lobster claw closures. The width of the strand is 3/8” and the weight is 1.40.

CONDITION: This necklace (bought by my mother) shows no signs of ever having been worn and is in “like new” condition. Because its metal pieces were triple-plated, Monet’s vintage jewelry tends to maintain its original finish better than most.

CONTACT: Melanie Rineer in Sunrise Presidio Village

post id: 7756621999

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