This striking necklace is centered by a lampworked opal glass midcentury Czechoslovakian cabochon. Opal glass is created by hand mixing and molding multiple glass colors with tiny pieces of goldstone glass.
A collectible striped moonglow German glass cabochon from the same era is suspended below the opal.
Czech and German glass artisans honed their skills for centuries, and then in the early 18th century, they were the first to start pressing hot glass into molds. By the early 20th century, they’d mastered their craft and exported exquisitely detailed glass buttons and cabochons worldwide.
Both cabochons in this necklace were hand-pressed using centuries-old processes. And they both testify to the enduring talents of German and Czech glass artisans.
In this piece:
Vintage lampworked opal glass cabochon, made in Czechoslovakia
Vintage striped moonglow glass cabochon made in West Germany
Three brass stampings, including two Art Deco connectors and one prong setting, are made today in the USA in vintage dies
Brass-plated pewter setting cast today in the USA
One hand-dyed Lady Washington mother-of-pearl button, made from Mississippi River mussel shells on the chain end, circa 1950-1960