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Dazzle Days - Vintage Gold Plated Austrian Swarovski Aurora Borealis Crystal Rhinestone Necklace. This lovely necklace is crafted from gold plate over metal. Featuring pear, marquise, and round cut Swarovski crystal rhinestones, vintage styling, and quality craftsmanship. This gorgeous necklace is expertly claw-set with a sea of sparkling Aurora Borealis crystals, displaying an array of colors, ranging from pink, blue. lavender, green, and orange. The necklace is adjustable so it can be worn at your desired length. The necklace's extender is finished with a crystal gemstone, which dangles on the back of the neck. This vintage necklace looks stunning when worn, truly a perfect special occasion necklace to be enjoyed for years to come. 

History: Joseph Strasser could be credited with the precursor to our present-day Rhinestone, but it was really when Georg Freidrich Strass in 1760 invented the first ever rhinestone (artificial gemstone) from a special type of crystal found in the Rhine River that the stones we know today were born.

In 1862, Daniel Swarovski was born in Bohemia to a family that owned a crystal-cutting company. Now part of the Czech Republic, the Bohemia region has a rich history of crystal crafsmanship. In 1883, Daniel formed a jewelry company and by 1886, they had over 70 employees, and supplied jewelry for Queen Victoria.                 

AB is the abbreviation for this special finish which was applied to rhinestones and beads in the early 1950's to make them appear more radiant. The finish was given the name Aurora Borealis, taken from the phenomena sometimes seen in the skies of Northern countries known as the Northern Lights.                                                            

The first known gold plating occurred in northern Peru, where Pre-Columbian smiths gilded and silvered copper pieces by electrochemical replacement techniques. During excavations in the late 1980s, archaeologists discovered gold and silver ornamental and ceremonial artifacts dating all the way back to AD 50-300.  
Measurements: Necklace 13" -16" (Adjustable)  
Stone Size: Swarovski Crystal (Pear shape) 12.50 mm x 6.00 mm - 10.00 mm x 5.50 mm   (marquise Shape) 7.50 mm x 3.50 mm   (Round) 4.00 mm - 3.00 mm  
Weight:  Necklace 17.00 grams    
Condition: Excellent                                                                                                                    
Origin: America                                                                                                                            
Date: Circa 1960

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