c1960s -1980s 14k Solid Gold Three Strand Tier Pink Pearl Necklace
I am dating this set to as young as the1960s and as old as 1980s as it has the Imperial Pearl Syndicate stamp which was used to up 1969. Its hard to say as the company was bought and sold so many times (see below). However it was used again after 1977 up until merger with Deltah.
signed 14k on the clasp which is white gold filigree and IPS on the back which is Imperial Pearl Syndicate. Imperial Pearls are very high quality cultured pearls and were worn and advertised by movie stars and celebrities. See last two photos which are props only and do not form part of the sale.
This set is a stunner they have been dyed in various shades of pink and or light mauve to offset those in cream. It has three layers or tiers and looks simply wonderful on the neck as they drape. The longest strand is 18 inches and the shortest 17 inches or 46cms and 43cms. The pearls are 5-6mm approximately and the set weighs 68.8gms
These pearls are from my own personal collection and have been looked after well. There are no issues to disclose that I can see. Dependent upon your monitor these pearls maybe a lot more subtle in colour than the depict.
Imperial was founded by Joseph Gladstone in 1917 in the USA it was later renamed the Imperial Pearl Syndicate in 1941. It was during the post-war period that Imperial became the first to bring the valued Akoya pearls to the United States from Japan. In 1969 it was sold to Weisss when then sold it to the Waltham watch company in 1971 and ceased to make pearl jewellery. It was purchased again in 1977 by Bazar and Imperial was back in the pearl jewellery business. Purchased again in In 1995 the company became Imperial Deltah merging with Deltah Pearls who had been in existence since 1892. Boy what a history.