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French 18K Gold Angel Hair Fringe Necklace

$15,000

This fringe necklace, created in France in the late 1950s, is formed of 18K gold. It is designed as links resembling wrapped ropework suspending a flexible fringe of “fil d’ange” or angel wire. Expressing French elegance in the long tradition of “passementerie”-themed jewelry, this refined necklace marks the period of lighthearted return to gold by the leading jewelers and tastemakers. 

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Item #: N-20577
Country: France
Circa: Late 1950s
Size:  13.00” length x 1.00” width
Materials: 18K gold
Signed: Unsigned, French assay marks, other partial marks.

In 1957, the brilliant young jeweler Pierre Sterlé invented a new way to work gold which he called “fil d’ange” or angel wire in the “passementerie tradition”. “Passementerie” as applied to gems and precious metals is the art by which jewelers sought to create the feel of fine fabrics and trimmings. Sterlé knitted and entwined gold wire into supple strands and used them give texture and movement to his dynamic and original jewels, and his work drew many admirers. In this French necklace from the same period, the gold fil d’ange fringe softly conforms to the neck and moves subtly and easily with the wearer.
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