Flapper Beaded Sautoir Necklace
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY
Sautoir necklaces get their name from the french word "jump rope". The 1920s were not just about new styles of jewellery but also new ways of wearing them. Flappers came up with all kinds of ways to wear their pieces. A Sautoir like this one could have been wrapped multiple times around the neck, or draped down an open back dress.
This sautoir is made of mercury coloured silver beads woven together to form a rope. The ends are finished with ball tassels.
HOW TO WEAR:
As these necklaces are beaded together with string, its important to make sure it is not submersed in water. They are very delicate in nature so care must be taken not to break the strings especially as they are over 100 years old!
It is entirely possible that this necklace was restrung in a previous life given how strong and sturdy it is. There is however evidence on the tassels of such restringing as there is new white cord which can be seen through the beading. There are a couple of places in which the string is showing as can be seen in the photos.
Art Deco 1920s
The total length of the necklace is 72cm.
The tassels measure 9cm in length and 1.5cm in width at the tassel ball.