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Discussion in 'Jewelry' started by crazycatlady, Aug 25, 2022.

  1. crazycatlady

    crazycatlady Well-Known Member

    As I'm a glutton for punishment I've acquired another necklace for re-stringing. Going by the clasp I'm assuming this is early to mid 20th century, what do you think? Also wondering if I need to test the coral, it looks real enough to me? If so which is the best way, lemon juice? milk? I vaguely recall trying both of these in the past but can't remember what happened and although I can test just one loose bead I would rather not damage it. The clasp appears to be mixed metal. Thank you! thumbnail_IMG_20220825_141053.jpg thumbnail_IMG_20220825_141108.jpg thumbnail_IMG_20220825_141124.jpg thumbnail_IMG_20220825_141144.jpg
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  2. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    I'd say late 19th-early 20th, which is also when most of these coral branch necklaces were made.
    It is 100% real.:)
    Looks like brass, although the light is a bit tricky. Maybe originally goldplated, but not all brass tube clasps were.
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  3. crazycatlady

    crazycatlady Well-Known Member

    Thank you @Any Jewelry much appreciated. I did type 'early 20th century' at first then changed it as I doubted myself, I need to stop doing that lol. Can't wait now for the thread I've ordered to arrive so I can restore it :)
  4. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    You will show us the result, won't you?
  5. crazycatlady

    crazycatlady Well-Known Member

    I will indeed :)
  6. Ownedbybear

    Ownedbybear Well-Known Member

    Agreed with aj on date - I see quite a few of these, love them. Still have my own bought for me as a baby. Tradition was a coral necklace and a crucifix and chain for a girl baby.
  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    A good start in life for a baby girl.:)
    Here red coral is traditionally thought to help against anemia through blood loss, so good for women. That is why coral is an important part of traditional jewellery worn with Dutch costumes. And it looks good, of course.;)
    Last edited: Aug 25, 2022
  8. Bronwen

    Bronwen Well-Known Member

    There's testing for coral vs. some imitation, and there's testing to see if real coral has been dyed. Calcium carbonate, the building block of coral, will bubble a little when acid is applied. I don't know how effective lemon juice is; I usually hear of people trying vinegar. Soaking in milk, or just plain water, will reveal dye.

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  9. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    This of course doesn't need testing. Branch coral, Mediterranean origin. I've restrung some of it myself more than once.
  10. crazycatlady

    crazycatlady Well-Known Member

    This was such a fiddly annoying thing to restring! Pleased I've done it though. It's about 23 inches long with the loose beads reunited with it. It's not perfect but I'm not starting again :wideyed: thumbnail_IMG_20220831_134730.jpg
  11. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    Nice job! Fiddly doesn't begin to describe it, voice of experience, but it's a lot safer to wear once it's done. I've strung some of those beads, both with a needle and on tigertail.
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  12. Figtree3

    Figtree3 What would you do if you weren't afraid?

    @crazycatlady , you did a great job. I can't imagine doing that stringing work.
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