1920s Alpha Nu Sorority Bandit Skull Necklace

$450.00
About Details History
This tiny gold skull dates to the teens or early 1920s. Originally a pin, this bandit with garnet eyes was designed to be worn on the lapel of a member of the Alpha Nu sorority. We have converted this piece from a pin into a pendant and hung it from a new 16" 14k gold chain.

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold, enamel, garnet cabochons
  • Age: c. 1920
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 11.5mm long, 16" chain
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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ART DECO (1915 – 1940) Art Deco is highly recognizable for its minimalism and futurism. Simultaneous art movements—Cubism, Bauhaus—informed the geometric style, along with “exotic” foreign influences like the Ballet Russe. Motifs like ziggurats and sunbursts, stripped of visual clutter, conveyed the optimism of an increasingly technological world. In jewelry, the predominant use of white metals let colorful gems take center stage. Stones that were opaque and true in color, like lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, coral, and opal were worked into designs alongside more precious and brilliant gems, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Extra-long beaded necklaces and tasseled “sautoirs” followed the narrow flapper silhouette. The baguette cut was an Art Deco innovation, and the decade saw increased use of other angular diamond cuts, like the precise caliber cut and the emerald cut. Synthetic gems, like sapphires, were celebrated as a scientific marvel. Marcel Tolkowsky, 21 years old at the time, published the design for the round brilliant cut in 1919.
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About Details History
This tiny gold skull dates to the teens or early 1920s. Originally a pin, this bandit with garnet eyes was designed to be worn on the lapel of a member of the Alpha Nu sorority. We have converted this piece from a pin into a pendant and hung it from a new 16" 14k gold chain.

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  • Materials: 14k yellow gold, enamel, garnet cabochons
  • Age: c. 1920
  • Condition: Excellent
  • Size: 11.5mm long, 16" chain
  • Location: To see this piece in person, visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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ART DECO (1915 – 1940) Art Deco is highly recognizable for its minimalism and futurism. Simultaneous art movements—Cubism, Bauhaus—informed the geometric style, along with “exotic” foreign influences like the Ballet Russe. Motifs like ziggurats and sunbursts, stripped of visual clutter, conveyed the optimism of an increasingly technological world. In jewelry, the predominant use of white metals let colorful gems take center stage. Stones that were opaque and true in color, like lapis lazuli, onyx, jade, coral, and opal were worked into designs alongside more precious and brilliant gems, like diamonds, sapphires, rubies, and emeralds. Extra-long beaded necklaces and tasseled “sautoirs” followed the narrow flapper silhouette. The baguette cut was an Art Deco innovation, and the decade saw increased use of other angular diamond cuts, like the precise caliber cut and the emerald cut. Synthetic gems, like sapphires, were celebrated as a scientific marvel. Marcel Tolkowsky, 21 years old at the time, published the design for the round brilliant cut in 1919.
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