Deco Exoticism - Long Oval Ivory Beads
The Jazz Age was all about the exotic with its African themes, Orientalism, and the use of Middle Eastern motifs. Here 42-1/4 inches (108.2 cm) of individually carved ivory oval shapes have been hand knotted in between every bead at the bottom and every other bead toward the top with a marvelous drape at waist level or below.
The largest bead is 1-1/4 inches in length by 1 inch in width (3.2 cm long by 2.5 cm wide) and the smallest measures 7/16 of an inch long by 3/8 of an inch wide (1.1 cm long by 1 cm). At 6.2 ounces or 177 grams they are substantial and have a fabulous sway.
Warm French vanilla with a deeper yellow, they are not as white as shown in photos. Many of the beads have natural grain lines and have mellowed in color with years of the touch of the hand. On the ends the concluding beads have been carved a bit more intricately. Uninterrupted by clasp or closure with just one luxuriously long strand that dates to circa 1925 and the Art Deco period.