Rare early vintage Joseff of Hollywood heavy double chain Byzantine or Etruscan revival ornate necklace in dark antiqued goldtone metal with hook clasp. 1940s. Marked JOSEFF HOLLYWOOD. Joseff jewelry was designed and made for costuming in top Hollywood movies in the 30s through the 60s, and also sold to consumers in exclusive stores such as Nieman Marcus. A key signature of Joseff jewelry was the matte metal finish which was intended to reduce glare under studio lights during filming, and was used in the retail pieces as well. This piece has that matte finish, with darkened edges, and an impressed ornate design. Very substantial and weighty at 220 grams.
16 1/2 inches wearable length, 1 inch wide and 1/2 inch thick. Excellent condition. It has a uniform aged darkened finish along most of the edges. This is not wear because it is darkened evenly on all edges and on the inside layers of the chains. Cleaning might endanger the signature matte finish and it probably should be left as is, as a uniform finish. Display form is life size. Photos enlarged to show detail.