Vintage Skeleton Key and Pearl and Pyrite Tassel Necklace

Alison Wonderland Jewelry

Vintage Skeleton Key and Pearl and Pyrite Tassel Necklace
  • Vintage Skeleton Key and Pearl and Pyrite Tassel Necklace
  • Vintage Skeleton Key and Pearl and Pyrite Tassel Necklace
  • Vintage Skeleton Key and Pearl and Pyrite Tassel Necklace
  • $ 45.00

I found this vintage skeleton key at an architectural salvage yard in Brooklyn. This key was lighter weight than others I've encountered, which made me think that it was probably for a cupboard -- maybe a liquor cabinet during Prohibition? Its color reminded me of some vintage brass chain I had on hand, that I'd been wanting to turn into a chain tassel. And obviously vintage chain tassels need to end in light-catching pyrite and luminous pearls.

This is a one-of-a-kind statement necklace. There are some metal beads on the pale green Chinese knotting cord I used for the chain. About midway up the necklace, I've tied a couple of fancy Josephine knots that have always seemed very 1920s to me. At the very end of the necklace, opposite the gold-plate clasp, I've hand-forged and stamped a copper bead with the words "home again." This necklace can be worn at either 22 inches or 24.5 inches. If you'd like it longer, please add a note with your order. 

 

 

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