Necklace 18k gold balls

18k gold balls necklace with 62 hollow gold beads, regional jewelry from Marseille, France.


Necklace 18k gold balls in yellow gold. The necklace is composed of a long chain with fine links on which have been threaded 62 hollow gold beads. They alternate diameters more or less important. Lobster clasp. Regional necklace from the middle of the 20th century, Marseille, France.

Eagle head hallmark

Length: 43 cm
Diameters of the pearls: 6 mm and 8 mm

Condition: some dents and scratches from use

Weight: 15,45 gr

Jewellery point : the traditional Marseilles necklace is in fall. It was made in Marseille and its surroundings. A gold pearl was first offered at the birth of a girl, the others were added at each event of her life : communion, birthdays, good grades. The tradition goes back to the 18th century, when the dealers of Marseille kept their gold in the form of balls around their neck. This is a contemporary version that is not in drops but in balls of alternating sizes.

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collier boules or 18k bijou regional marseillais

Necklace 18k gold balls